The Press and Information Office maintains the website www.pio.gov.cy in order to facilitate the public’s access to information produced by stakeholders of the public sector during the carrying out of their mission. At the same time, it must be noted that this information is not intended to act in lieu of legal documents and it does not constitute a legal interpretation.
These public stakeholders are making every effort to ensure that the information posted on the website is both accurate and infallible. Nonetheless, it cannot be guaranteed that every piece of information posted is accurate. When errors are identified, efforts are being made for them to be corrected.
In case of inconsistencies between a document posted on the website and a specified official document, the official document will be considered as valid in terms of its content.
The inclusion of links to external websites is done exclusively for the facilitation of visitors. This should not be perceived in any way as adherence to, recommendation or approval of their content.
The content of this website, created and uploaded by government departments and services, is licensed under: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
The design of all parts of the website and its settings, constitute copyright of the Press and Information Office and are governed by the provisions of Cyprus law, European law and the international conventions.
The Press and Information Office is responsible for the processing of personal data of the visitor/registered user and it controls the processing of his data in the webpages of www.pio.gov.cy.
For the processing of your personal data as described below, the Press and Information Office abides by the following legal grounds:
• Provision of services: In order for the visitor/registered user to be able to submit forms online, the processing of the personal data he/she provides upon registration and/or online submission, is necessary.
• Legal Interests: The processing of personal data is necessary for the improvement of services provided by the Press and Information Office (processing of statistical and non-identifiable data), the detection of a fraud attempt as well as for ensuring the legal interests of the Press and Information Office.
• Consent: Registered users are called upon to give their express consent to the following processing purposes: dispatch of informative messages.
The Press and Information Office informs the visitor/registered user, and the visitor/registered user acknowledges that he/she is aware of the following:
The Press and Information Office shall process the personal data of the visitor/registered user, as this is provided by him/herself upon registration and/or during the filling out of an online form, in order for the request for a service to be completed.
1) Basic Processing
In order for a request to be processed through the website (www.pio.gov.cy) of the Press and Information Office, the following data might be requested:
• full name (first name and surname);
• ID / passport number;
• mass media organization /employer;
• telephone number;
• e-mail address.
The purpose of the basic processing of the data is the handling of the request, the dispatch of press releases/newsletters, contact with the user and the sending out of information relating to the request’s processing stages, the provision of clarifications regarding the request and in general, the confirmation and identification of the user when the need arises. The visitor/registered user is informed that the provision of the above mentioned mandatory personal data is necessary and that it constitutes a prerequisite for the proper handling of the request. For this reason, the visitor/user’s content is not required for this specific processing.
2) Processing that requires consent
For the sending out of press releases / newsletters to the registered user by the Press and Information Office and www.pio.gov.cy, the registered user should have previously given his/her express consent.
The registered user has the option to recall at any time this consent and not receive any such communication by www.pio.gov.cy by sending a request via e-mail to the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The visitor/registered user is informed that his/her personal data might be processed by the Press and Information Office without his/her consent in cases regarding the fulfillment of legal obligations, like for instance when the relevant data is requested in the context of audits by the competent supervisory and judicial authorities.
3) Data Recipients
As regards the data which is necessary for the pursuit of each and any of the above mentioned processing purposes and in respect of the responsibilities of each recipient, the recipients of the data of the registered user are or may be:
i. The competent employees of the Press and Information Office;
ii. Audit authorities in the case of a relevant audit;
4) Rights of the data subject
Each registered user, as a data subject, may exercise at any time his/her rights, as prescribed in the General Data Protection Regulation 679/2016 EU and particularly, in articles 12 until 23 thereof, and the national legislation, and more specifically:
i. the right to receive information and obtain access to the data processed by the Press and Information Office;
ii. the right to the limitation of his/her data processing;
iii. the right of correction or deletion of his/her personal data, in part or in whole, (right to forget);
iv. the right to object, that is to raise objections against the processing of his/her personal data, and
v. the right to portability of his/her data.
The member may exercise any of the aforementioned rights by submitting a relevant request to the e-mail address: email@example.com
5) Personal data maintenance term
The data of the registered user shall be kept and processed by the PIO until the registered user requests the deletion of his/her account or, for any data processing performed with his/her consent, until he/she declares the wavering of his/her consent for the purposes of the provision of services of the Press and Information Office.
The Press and Information Office declares that no other use of personal data of the visitor/registered user shall be made for other purposes, other than those mentioned in the present policy without informing him/her ahead of time and, whenever required, without his/her consent.
The Press and Information Office upholds a strict policy for the protection of privacy of www.pio.gov.cy visitors. In this note we provide you with more information on how we use “cookies” as well as other automated means in order to collect certain information regarding the visitors of our webpages, such as the number of visitors, through any kind of browser and device used. Through the collection of this information we learn how to fine-tune our webpages.
Cookies and other Automated Means for the Collection of Data
IP and URLs Addresses
The IP address is a unique locator used by certain electronic devices in order to be detected and contact each other οn the Internet. When you visit our webpages, we can see the IP address of the device you used in order to connect to the Internet. We use this information in order to specify the general geographical location of the device and comprehend from which geographical areas the visitors of our webpage are coming. We can use this information in order to change the presentation method of our webpage so that we can improve your visit.
The URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is a unique locator or address for any media οn the internet and, basically, it means the address of the webpage you visit. We shall use this information so that we can find out which webpages are most visited as well as the way you use to surf in our webpage.
In our webpages we use the following cookies:
Absolutely Necessary Cookies
The absolutely necessary cookies are of vital importance for the proper functioning of the website; they allow you to surf on the website and use its operations, such as access to secure areas and registration forms. These cookies do not recognize your personal identity. Without these cookies we cannot guarantee the effective functioning of our website.
Cookies of performance and analysis
These cookies collect information about the way the visitors use the website, which pages they visit more frequently and if they receive error messages from the webpages. These cookies collect consolidated, anonymous information, which do not identify any visitor. They are used exclusively for the improvement of the performance results of a webpage and allow us to collect information regarding the rate of using our webpages, including the content you choose during your surf on our webpages, in order to measure the effectiveness and the interaction of the visitors with the webpage as well as to improve our pages in due course. These cookies can be provided to us by third party-providers of analytical tools but only be used for the purposes related to our website.
The SSL (SecureSocketsLayer) protocol is currently the worldwide web standard for website certification among internet users and also for element encoding among users and web servers. An encrypted SSL communication requires all information sent between the client and the server to be encrypted from the sending software and decrypted from the receiving software, protecting this way personal information during the transfer. Also, all information sent with the SSL protocol is protected by a mechanism that automatically verifies if the data has been changed during the transfer.
The aim of these TOS is to create a positive environment on all social media channels run by the Press and Information Office (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram etc.).
The PIO abides by the TOS of all social media platforms it uses.
By engaging with our social media platforms you agree with the following terms.
Users are personally liable for content they post online. We therefore ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows respect towards all other users, protects their personal information and abides by the Terms of Service associated with each social media platform.
Comments must not:
• Contain personal data of the user or others.
• Be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, hateful or promote sexually explicit material or violence.
• Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
• Breach any of the TOS of the social media platforms themselves.
• Contain spam or advertising.
Breach of Terms
Any information posted on our social media channels is considered public information and may be subject to monitoring, archiving, moderation or disclosure to third parties. The page administrators therefore reserve the right to forward any comments to responsible authorities for investigation as we deem appropriate.
The page administrators reserve the right to delete or mark as spam any and all comments. They also have the right to block access to anyone from posting to our pages.