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Below, you can find the IAPP’s collection of coverage, analysis and resources related to the privacy industry in the Middle East region.

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Saudi Arabia publishes final Personal Data Protection Law

Saudi Arabia’s Personal Data Protection Law represents the country’s first privacy law that aligns with other international data protection laws. This article explores what privacy professionals need to consider with the law.
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Privacy Around the Globe: Dubai International Financial Centre

This LinkedIn Live covers the Dubai International Financial Centre, discussing the uniqueness of standing up a privacy law and a data protection regulator in a free zone, what that means, and the opportunities and challenges it presents.
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Keynote: Zahra Mosawi, Ex-Commissioner, Access to Information Commission of Afghanistan

In this keynote, Zahra Mosawi, former commissioner of the Access to Information Commission of Afghanistan, speaks about her experience working to establish freedom of expression and information rights for the Afghan people.
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DPOs in Israel — An analysis of a regulatory maze

This article reviews Israel’s published guidelines on DPOs and a set of introduced bills to amend the Protection of Privacy Law and explains the interplay between them.
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A turning point for privacy laws in Israel

The Israeli government introduced Bill No. 14, a substantial amendment to the Protection of Privacy Law. which includes new procedures and regulatory powers that portend a dramatic increase in risks associated with information security and purposeful processing violations. This article examines Bill No. 14’s proposed changes and impacts.’
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The long-awaited amendments in Turkish data protection law

The KVKK seeks to amend Articles 6 and 9 of the LPDP on the processing special category of personal data and cross-border data transfers. The proposal has yet to be shared with the National Assembly, but is expected to be approved and take force sometime in 2022.
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Additional News and Resources

Report: Half of Middle East-North African companies don’t yet realize business imperative of data privacy


DIFC launches data protection law consultation


‘Data transfer theater:’ The US and Israel take the stage


Israel tightens marketing rules with a do not call registry


UK, DIFC commit to updated data partnership


Dubai International Financial Centre: Guides on Data Protection


Implementation of Saudi Arabia’s PDPL delayed to 2023


How to prepare for Saudi Arabia’s Personal Data Protection Law


Oman approves data protection law


10 practical steps to prepare for the UAE’s Personal Data Protection Law


UAE president signs off on Personal Data Protection Law


Amid evolving privacy regulation in the Middle East, stalling on compliance is not an option


Privacy Violated: Protection of Customers’ Personal Information by Internet Service Providers in Palestine


Taliban reportedly seize US military biometrics devices


Abu Dhabi Global Market releases Data Protection Regulations 2021 guidelines


China, League of Arab States sign data security agreement


Regulatory activism — The unique Israeli journey


Big data and the pursuit of herd immunity: Israel’s COVID-19 data-sharing agreement


How one tech vendor adapted its services in response to ‘Schrems II’


New Data Protection Law in the DIFC: Who does it apply to, and how does it compare with the GDPR?


Data breach cost in Middle East higher than global average


Regional Resources

Saudi Arabia publishes final Personal Data Protection Law


Saudi Arabia enacts Personal Data Protection Law


DIFC launches data protection law consultation


Privacy Around the Globe: Dubai International Financial Centre


‘Data transfer theater:’ The US and Israel take the stage


Israel tightens marketing rules with a do not call registry


Keynote: Zahra Mosawi, Ex-Commissioner, Access to Information Commission of Afghanistan (IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2022)


Implementation of Saudia Arabia’s PDPL delayed to 2023


How to prepare for Saudi Arabia’s Personal Data Protection Law


DPOs in Israel — An analysis of a regulatory maze


Oman approves data protection law


A turning point for privacy laws in Israel


The long-awaited amendments in Turkish data protection law


Privacy Violated: Protection of Customers’ Personal Information by Internet Service Providers in Palestine


Social media platforms secure Afghans’ privacy


Taliban reportedly seize US military biometrics devices


DOD Inspector General publishes advisory on removing data from Afghanistan


Comparing the role of the DPO under the GDPR and Turkish law


Regulatory activism — The unique Israeli journey


Big data and the pursuit of herd immunity: Israel’s COVID-19 data-sharing agreement


Pakistan considers federal privacy law following WhatsApp changes


Installation of surveillance cameras in Kabul raises privacy concerns


Op-ed: Businesses should take ‘holistic’ approach to Egypt’s PDPL


Turkey’s new data storage and transfer requirements for banks


Big tech companies push back on Pakistan’s censorship rules


Bahrain’s Personal Data Protection Law goes into effect


Egypt passes first data protection law


DHS warns against potential Iranian malware attacks