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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…

In brief On 20 September 2021, the UAE has published Federal Decree Law No. 46 of 2021 on electronic transactions and trust services (the “Electronic Transactions Law”) which repeals Federal Law No. 1 of 2006 (the “Previous Law”) and reinforces the UAE’s digital transformation strategy and commitment towards a digital economy. The Electronic Transactions Law will come into effect on 2 January 2022, however, businesses will be given a one-year grace period for compliance. Under…

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…

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…