Middle East

Middle East

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

Change is coming for the organizations in the United Arab Emirates after passage of the 2021 Personal Data Protection Law in November. This article provides a rundown of the top-10 considerations for organizations to comply with the new regulation.
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Middle East: Stalling on compliance is not an option

As Middle Eastern countries ramp up their regulatory oversight and rigor over data protection, companies in the region are seeking guidance on how to evaluate their risk, implement data privacy frameworks and uphold compliance. Given a multitude of complexities, it is very difficult for organizations to stay abreast of all the requirements.
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UAE president signs off on Personal Data Protection Law

Gulf News reports United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan approved wide-ranging reforms to the country’s legal system, including passage of the Personal Data Protection Law. The legislation includes data subject rights, controls and obligations for data processing activities and strong provisions on user consent. Additionally, a law was passed to create the UAE Data Office, which will provide guidance for and enforcement of the PDPL.Full Story... Read More

Taliban reportedly seize US military biometrics devices

The Taliban is believed to have seized the U.S. military’s biometric devices storing iris scans, fingerprints and biographical data. The technology, known as the Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment, was intended to gather biometric data of 25 million people, 80% of the Afghan population. “We processed thousands of locals a day, had to ID, sweep for suicide vests, weapons, intel gathering, etcetera,” a U.S. military contractor explained. “(HIIDE) was used as a biometric ID tool to h... Read More

Abu Dhabi Global Market releases Data Protection Regulations 2021 guidelines

The Abu Dhabi Global Market’s Office of Data Protection released guidelines aiming to improve compliance with the Data Protection Regulations 2021. The guidance covers eight key areas of the regulations, includes advisory information and provides examples of practical application. ADGM Commissioner of Data Protection Sami Mohammed said the guidance provides “entities and authorities with a robust foundation to update their existing data protection compliance programmes.”Full Story... Read More

China, League of Arab States sign data security agreement

China and the League of Arab States signed an agreement on data security, the South China Morning Post reports. Deputy Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said the agreement aims to create an “open, fair, non-discriminative” digital environment. “The prominent risks and challenges on data security posed by personal information infringement and massive cyber-surveillance on other countries have made it urgent [to find] a global solution,” he said.Full Story... Read More

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