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In brief The long awaited Federal Law No. 15 of 2020 on Consumer Protection (the Consumer Protection Law) has been issued on 10 November 2020 and is a major update which aims to revamp and repeal the old UAE consumer protection laws, being Federal Law No. 24 of 2006 (the “Old Law”). Due to the rapid rise of e-commerce globally, including in the UAE, the Consumer Protection Law now acknowledges and captures e-commerce service providers.…

A landmark survey of more than 1500 compliance leaders around the world including 300 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)[1] has revealed major risks associated with digitalization, with 41 per cent of those surveyed admitting their organization has already experienced enforcement investigations by regulators because of technology that was poorly on-boarded and/or implemented. According to this new research The Currency of Connection: Mobilizing Technology for Compliance Integration, investigations are most likely to arise…

In brief After several years of debate, the Egyptian government has introduced the Republic’s first standalone data protection law, which aims to regulate and protect citizens’ data online. On 15 July 2020, Resolution No. 151 of 2020 (the Law) (available in Arabic here) was published in the Official Gazette. The provisions under the new Law are modeled on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Law adopts similar concepts and definitions. It is…

In briefThe long awaited Implementing Regulations under Federal Law No. 2 of 2019 concerning the Use of the Information and Communication Technology in the Areas of Health (the “Health Data Law”) were finally issued on 22 April 2020 in the form of Cabinet Resolution No. 32 of 2020 (the “HDL Regulations”). Understandably, in light of the current global health pandemic, the UAE Ministry of Health (MOH) is focusing its efforts on implementing the legal framework…

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has enacted a new DIFC Data Protection Law (New DIFC Law), which replaces the DIFC Data Protection Law of 2007 (as amended) (2007 DP Law). The New DIFC Law reflects many of the requirements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) seen by many as the ‘gold standard’ for data protection compliance. The New DIFC…