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Privacy in Cyprus

 

CYPRIOTS are reluctant to disclose personal information and think it is being used without their knowledge despite being the most confident in feeling they have complete control of their online information, an EU barometer has shown.

Only 15 per cent of Cypriots don’t mind disclosing personal information for free services online, the lowest percentage in the EU-27 along with Bulgaria and Greece.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, 56 per cent of Italians said they were fine with disclosing personal data.

Cypriots above all others said they had full control over their online information (changing, deleting or correcting information) at 52 per cent, followed by 45 per cent of Maltese versus an EU average of 26 per cent.

But despite that feeling of control, Cypriots came out top when asked if they knew their information was being used without their knowledge with 72 per cent saying they did, followed by 62 per cent of Romanians on a EU average backdrop of 44 per cent. 

Cypriots also came out top when it came to holding themselves responsible for the safe handling of their personal data at 68 per cent, with Ireland and Romania following at 65 per cent versus an EU average of 49 per cent.

Around seven in ten Cypriots usually read privacy agreements and 90 per cent of those change their behaviour after reading privacy statements, second only to the Maltese (91 per cent), well above the EU average of 70 per cent. The Brits on the other hand were the most likely ( 52 per cent) not to change their behaviour after reading the fine print, as well as being the least likely (47 per cent) to actually bother reading privacy terms. They were also second to last in thinking their online information was used without their knowledge (35 per cent). 

Around 26,000 people in the EU, including 500 Cypriot residents were interviewed between November and December 2010, in what was the largest survey ever conducted on attitudes on data protection and electronic identity. 

 

Courtesy Cyprus Mail

Cyprus government action is having a positive impact with the EU

Other measures include raising VAT to 17% from 15% in March, freezing public sector salaries and benefits and levying a tax registered companies. The measures are aimed at bringing the deficit below the EU threshold of 3% down from a previously projected 6%.

The Cyprus Air Traffic Controllers’ Union, PASEEK, has announced to Work to Rule strikes which are to take place before the end of January. PASEEK is protesting its members inclusion in the austerity measures which the Cyprus government has devised to control the deficit.

Specifically they object to their overtime being reduced arguing that their income derives not from state coffers but from fees paid by airlines for use of state airspace. However, the government insists that, as state employees, they must not be exempt from austerity measures which are affecting all public sector workers.

The government action is having a positive impact with the EU recently approving the island’s programme.

 

RYANAIR TO INTRODUCE €0.25 ETS LEVY TO COVER NEW EU ECO-LOONEY TAX

 
Ryanair, the world’s favourite airline, today (12th Jan) announced it would introduce a €0.25 levy per passenger for all bookings made from Tuesday 17th January next to cover the costs of the EU’s new eco-looney ETS tax, which will cost Ryanair passengers €15m – €20m during 2012.
 
The impact of ETS on Ryanair passengers at €0.25 per one way booking will be less than the impact upon those travelling with other EU airlines as Ryanair is Europe’s greenest, cleanest, airline (confirmed by Brighter Planet 2011 report) which enjoys lower ETS costs than high fare European flag carrier airlines who operate older, noisier, more polluting aircraft.
 
Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said:
 
“Ryanair will introduce a 25c ETS levy on every seat from Tues 17th January next to cover our estimated €15m – €20m ETS bill for 2012. Ryanair does not believe that European aviation should be included in the ETS scheme since it accounts for less than 2% of the EU’s CO2 emissions. This latest EU stealth tax will damage traffic, tourism, European competiveness and jobs at a time when no other economic block is including aviation in their ETS schemes. 
 
This new ETS tax is the latest in a long line of cost increases imposed on Europe’s air passengers by the European Union, which reduces the competitiveness of EU air transport with yet another misguided ‘environmental’ tax which does nothing for the environment but penalises EU consumers and families.”
 
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