Data protection and privacy—Greece—Q&A guide

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  • Data protection and privacy—Greece—Q&A guide
  • 1. Summarise the legislative framework for the protection of personally identifiable information (PII). Does your jurisdiction have a dedicated data protection law? Is the data protection law in your jurisdiction based on any international instruments on privacy or data protection?
  • 2. Which authority is responsible for overseeing the data protection law? Describe the investigative powers of the authority.
  • 3. Are there legal obligations on the data protection authority to cooperate with other data protection authorities, or is there a mechanism to resolve different approaches?
  • 4. Can breaches of data protection law lead to administrative sanctions or orders, or criminal penalties? How would such breaches be handled?
  • 5. Does the data protection law cover all sectors and types of organisation or are some areas of activity outside its scope?
  • 6. Does the data protection law cover interception of communications, electronic marketing or monitoring and surveillance of individuals? If not, list other relevant laws in this regard.
  • 7. Identify any further laws or regulations that provide specific data protection rules for related areas.
  • 8. What forms of PII are covered by the law?
  • 9. Is the reach of the law limited to PII owners and processors of PII established or operating in the jurisdiction?
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Data protection and privacy—Greece—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to data protection and privacy in Greece published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: May 2020).

Authors: Dr. Vasiliki Christou, Attorney at Law—Vasiliki Christou

1. Summarise the legislative framework for the protection of personally identifiable information (PII). Does your jurisdiction have a dedicated data protection law? Is the data protection law in your jurisdiction based on any international instruments on privacy or data protection?

The general legislative framework for the Protection of PII is the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679/EE (GDPR), which entered into force on 25 May 2018, as well as Greek Law 4624/2019, which implements the GDPR and entered into force in August 2019. 

2. Which authority is responsible for overseeing the data protection law? Describe the investigative powers of the authority.

The responsible authority is the Greek Data Protection Authority. The Greek Data Protection Authority may perform investigations, either on its own initiative or after a complaint has been lodged, and obtain access to the premises of a PII owner or processor, including data protection equipment and means, as well as personal data and all information necessary for the performance of its tasks.

Moreover, the Greek Data Protection Authority has the power to order a PII owner or a PII processor to provide any information it

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