On Wednesday, 26 September 2018, the Cyprus INFORM day was held at the Journalists House in Nicosia. The main focus was on the protection of personal data in the legal system of Cyprus, in the light of the newly applied General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Law Enforcement Directive 2016/680.
The INFORM day was the culmination of the European funded research program “INFORM”. The whole University of Cyprus team was present, including researchers from the Software Engineering and Internet Technologies Laboratory (SEIT Lab) of the Computer Science Department and researchers by the Department of Law.
The event was attended by the Minister of Justice and Public Order of Cyprus Mr. Ionas Nicolaou who also gave a brief introductory speech and by other officials from the justice sector. Present at the seminar were also representatives of the Cyprus Police, the Cyprus Bar Association as well as of the academic terrene. Furthermore there were several participants from the target groups of judiciary, court staff and legal practitioners. Also students from the Department of Law and the Department of Computer Science of the University of Cyprus attended the event.
A brief description of the scope and deliverables of the INFORM program was made by Professor George A. Papadopoulos (Computer Science Department, UCY) as well as by Associate Professor Nikitas Hatzimihail (Department of Law, UCY). A presentation of the electronic INFORM platform followed by the SEIT Lab team. The platform constitutes an innovative source of information and an online accessible educational tool, regarding the implementation of the GDPR. Furthermore, the Glossary and the Guidelines for the legal professionals, i.e. judges, lawyers and judicial officers, were presented by the research team of the Law Department. The debate that followed, with input by remarkable scientists on the panel, was highly constructive by touching practical issues and concerns.