The United Arab Emirates announces new federal data protection law

Tuesday 12 October 2021 12:34 CET | News

The United Arab Emirates government has announced it will introduce a new federal protection law (UAE Data Law) in the coming weeks

The legislative package is announced to be the first-ever comprehensive data privacy and protection law to be issued. The UAE Data Law was developed in consultation with major technology companies. H.E. Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, has stated that `every single data law on the planet` was considered when drafting the new legislation. The new law aims to be a `global law` that will provide international companies with a smooth mechanism for cross-border transfers, as well as have a low cost of compliance for SMEs. 

Some aspects of the UAE Data Law will include:

  • the right to be forgotten, the right of access, the right of correction, and the right to be informed, all of which are already included in EU GDPR, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) data protection laws;

  • consent obligations regarding marketing of data by companies seeking to monetize data;

  • minimal restrictions on cross-border data flows or references to sensitive or restricted data; and

  • provisions for a new national data privacy regulator.

The UAE Data Law is likely to be issued before the end of November 2021, prior to the country’s 50th anniversary. Once enacted, the UAE Data Law might also provide an adequate level of protection for the purposes of data transfers from other regulated jurisdictions, including the DIFC and ADGM.

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