Status regarding Budapest Convention
Last updated : 06/05/2020

Status regarding Budapest Convention

Status : Party Signed : 23/11/2001 Ratified / acceded : 19/01/2005 Declarations and reservations : See legal profile

Cybercrime policies/strategies

The Cybersecurity Strategy of the Republic of Cyprus (14 February 2013).

The national strategy has the following objectives:

  • Obj. 1 - Developing and preserving a safe and secure electronic business environment in Cyprus.
  • Obj. 2 - Supporting the targets of the government that have been identified in the ‘Digital Cyprus’ strategy programme to develop conditions for an Information Society.
  • Obj. 3 - Developing trust, on behalf of citizens and organisations/businesses, in e-government services, including the preservation of information and data in transit, processing and storage.
  • Obj. 4 - Establishing a safe electronic environment in the Republic of Cyprus for all of its citizens, including children,
  • Obj. 5 - Mitigating the effects of threats in cyberspace and the effective response to emergencies,
  • Obj. 6 - Supporting a future coordinated national response plan for the protection of critical infrastructures (beyond ICT) in the Republic of Cyprus.

Specialised institutions

  • The Ministry of Justice and Public Order, together with the Cyprus Police, are the authorities responsible for the prevention and combating of cybercrime.
  • The Office for Combating Cybercrime (O.C.C.). The specialised body for cybercrime investigation is the Office for Combating Cybercrime of Cyprus Police. The Office was established in September 2007 based on Police Order No. 3/45 in order to implement the Law on the Convention on Cybercrime (Ratifying Law) L.22(III)/2004. This legislation covers hacking, child pornography, racism and fraud committed via electronic communication and the Internet. According to Police Order No. 3/45, the Office is responsible for the investigation of crimes committed via the Internet or via computers and at the same time it is responsible for the investigation of all offences that violate the rules laid down in Law 22(III)/2004.
  • The Digital Evidence Forensic Laboratory (DEFL). The DEFL was established in 2009 and is responsible for the effective examination of electronic evidence. DEFL is staffed with specialised officers for the collection and forensic analysis of electronic devices. Their mission is the collection and forensic analysis of digital devices as well as the presentation of expert scientific evidence to the courts.

Jurisprudence/case law

Sources and links

  • GENVAL – Evaluation report on the seventh round of mutual evaluations "The practical implementation and operation of European policies on prevention and combating Cybercrime" – Report on Cyprus
  • Other GENVAL 7th round evaluation reports

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