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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…

Against the backdrop of continued business and societal disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, M&A activity in the Middle East still showcased some stability in the first quarter of 2020, increasing in value by over USD 5 billion and in volume by 6 additional deals in comparison to Q4 2019, according to the latest report by global law firm Baker McKenzie*. “It is evident that the current global situation has caused a slow down…