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03 March, 2024
 

Partial reports of recent cyberattacks in Cyprus to be made public

Commissioner for Personal Data Protection gives insights on staffing, privacy measures, and the ongoing struggle against cyber threats

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Commissioner for Personal Data Protection, Irene Loizidou Nicolaidou, informed the Parliament's Finance Committee that reports on cyberattacks targeting the Land Registry, University of Cyprus, and Open University will be completed and made public in the coming days. The decisions contain confidential technical and organizational measures, prompting only part of them to be published to avoid endangering any organization. The Commissioner highlighted the need for further strengthening the Office to meet additional responsibilities due to her role as Vice-President of the European Data Protection Board.

The Commissioner emphasized the importance of strengthening the Office to meet additional responsibilities resulting from her role as Vice-President of the European Data Protection Board. She mentioned that her office had been entrusted with new responsibilities and obligations. Additionally, there were discussions about the small and straightforward budget of the Commissioner's Office, with some members expressing concerns about the discrepancy between the budget and the importance of the role it performs. The issue of staff turnover was raised, and the Commissioner explained that out of 21 officers hired since 2019, only six remain, with vacancies to be filled. Recruitment is done through government examinations and the National Health Service (EDY). There were also inquiries about the Commissioner's position on cameras, with clarifications provided on legal bases and ongoing consultations with municipalities regarding camera installations.

[Source: CNA]

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