Cyprus: Commissioner issues statement on police publication of photos
The Office of the Commissioner for Personal Data Protection ('the Commissioner') published, on 14 October 2022, a notice in which it addressed to what extent the Police can publish photos of suspects and persons under arrest. In particular, the Commissioner stated that publication in such cases should be judged on a case-by-case basis, noting that if on the circumstances such publication is a necessary and proportionate measure which may help the investigative work of the Police, then the publication of photographs of suspects and persons under arrest can be justified.
In addition, the Commissioner noted that in any case, the media are entitled to publish information, including photographs, when journalistic interest and substantiated public interest so require. However, the Commissioner highlighted that nonetheless, various factors should be taken into account when doing so, such as the human dimension of the issue, the effects on families, the protection of the victim, and the publication's potential to contaminate ongoing criminal proceedings, which must be avoided.
You can read the press release, only available in Greek, here.