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The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia adopted a resolution dated 03/06/1444H (corresponding to 27 December 2022G) clarifying the consequences in terms of eligibility to compete for government contracts for companies that fail to locate their Regional Headquarters (“RHQ”) in Saudi Arabia. This clarification has been anticipated for some time, since the Kingdom first announced at the end of 2020 that multinationals wishing to continue contracting with the government would need to locate their RHQs…

In brief On 20 November 2022, the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) launched a public consultation on proposed amendements to the Personal Data Protection Law, promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/19, dated 09/02/1443H (“PDPL”), which was orginally published on promulgated on 24 September 2021. You can acces our previous alert on the publication of the PDPL here. The public consultation will remain open up until 20 December 2022 and all organisations are invited…

In brief On 10 March 2022 the National Data Management Office (the “NDMO”) published for consultation a draft of the executive regulations (the “Regulations”) to the Personal Data Protection Law, promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/19, dated 09/02/1443H (the “PDPL”). You can access our previous alert on the publication of the Law here. You can access the consultation and a full draft of the Regulations here. The consultation invites comments on the Regulations and will…

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…

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…