By Justin B. Cornish, Brian A. Meenagh, Alice Marsden and Omar M. Elsayed

Protecting Personal Data

Whilst it is not widely recognized that countries in the Middle East have specific established laws applicable to data protection, privacy and data protection are regulated by other laws in the region.

In Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the constitutions, together with certain statutes, recognize individual rights to privacy in specific circumstances. In addition, in Saudi Arabia, protection of personal data is provided through Shari’ah principles.

Latham & Watkins’ explains in an article, published in The Oath, the laws applicable to personal data protection which govern the processing, storage and transfer of data in the UAE, Qatar and Saudi.

Read the full Privacy Matters article here.

Key themes covered include:

Constitutional protection: Discover how confidentiality is protected by the constitution in each country.

Sector-specific laws: From labour to telecommunications law, learn how the collection, use, retention and disclosure of personal data is governed by sector-specific law

Shari’ah principles protection: Learn how Shari’ah principles are relevant to disclosure of personal data in Saudi Arabia

Separate data protection regimes: Understand how data protection is regulated in Qatar’s and Dubai’s financial centers, where compliance mimics the approach taken in the European Data Protection directive

Combating cybercrime: Get familiar with the Federal Laws that exist to criminalize unauthorized access, amendment, interception, damage and use of certain types of data.

Unified data protection regime for the region: Will the region consider following a European Union style approach to data protection?

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