Global Privacy & Security Compliance Law Blog

Tag Archives: Developments ME

DIFC in Dubai Says Transfer to US Cannot Rely on Safe Harbor

By Brian Meenagh On October 26, 2015, Raja Al Mazrouei, the Commissioner for Data Protection for the Dubai International Financial Centre (the DIFC), issued guidance on the adequacy of US Safe Harbor for the purpose of exporting personal data from the DIFC. The guidance is significant for organisations that transfer personal data from the DIFC to the … Continue Reading

How to Comply with Laws That Protect Personal Data in the Middle East

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 … Continue Reading

Data Protection in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A Primer

By Omar Elsayed Although some surveys of privacy law suggest otherwise, privacy requirements do in fact exist in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)and are very relevant to companies operating there or seeking to provide services to customers in KSA. Background The paramount body of law in KSA is the Sharīʿah. The Sharīʿah is comprised … Continue Reading

Israel is Found to have Adequate Protection

On 31 January 2011, Israel became the most recent addition to the European Commission’s list of non-EEA countries offering ‘adequate protection of personal data’, joining Andorra, Argentina, Canada, Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey and Switzerland (and the US’s Safe Harbor regime). The finding of adequacy issued by the Commission is limited to automated … Continue Reading