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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…

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 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…