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In brief On 27 November 2021, the UAE published the long awaited UAE Personal Data Protection Law, Federal Law 45 of 2021 on Personal Data Protection (the ”Law”). The development signifies a landmark in the evolution of the UAE’s regulatory framework and lays the foundation for the modernization of the economy and digitization of the country’s growth sectors. The Emirates Data Office (the ”Data Office”) will act as the new data regulator and will be…

The Saudi ICT regulator, the Communications & Information Technology Commission (”CITC”), has launched a public consultation on a proposal to regulate the Kingdom’s digital media sector, the objective of which is to create a clear and transparent regulatory framework for digital content platforms. The consultation invites interested parties to submit their comments on the draft Digital Content Platform Regulations (”Regulations”) by 30 November 2021. If passed, the Regulations will introduce a regulatory framework for four…

In Brief The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a signatory state to the Madrid Protocol, which will enter into force on 28 December 2021. The UAE will become the 109th state globally and the third state in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) following Bahrain and Oman, to join the Madrid Union, which provides trademark protection for its member states across multiple jurisdictions. This is a long awaited and welcome development in UAE trademark law…

On 24 September 2021, the long anticipated Personal Data Protection Law, promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/19, dated 09/02/1443H (corresponding to 16 September 2021) (the Law), was published in the Saudi Official Gazette (Umm AlQura). The Law was developed by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), which will be the competent governmental authority (the Data Authority) to administer the Law for a period of two years but it may thereafter transfer such competence…

In brief The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has issued a long awaited resolution setting out exceptions to Article 13 of Federal Law No. 2 of 2019 (“Health Data Law”), which by default prohibits the transfer, storage, generation or processing of health data that relates to health services provided in the UAE (“UAE Health Data”) outside of the UAE. Ministerial Resolution 51/2021 (“Resolution”) relaxes the data transfer restriction for certain types of processing…