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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…

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…

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…