Data Privacy in the Middle-East

Data Privacy in the Middle-East

Article by Tsaaro

7 min read

Data Privacy in the Middle-East


In the Middle East and North Africa areas, the business world is simply starting to experience the administrative and functional tensions that European and U.S. organisations have looked at lately. Six new information protection laws have been presented over the most recent year, and a half and experts in the Dubai International Financial Center have as of now given 88 fines since the locale’s new guidelines became applicable in late 2020. These new laws come notwithstanding many existing guidelines in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and different nations that sway information security here and there, and the extraterritorial rules, for example, the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which sways commitments for some associations in the MENA (the Middle East/ North Africa) district. 

Which are the emerging laws, and what sort of penalties do they bring?

  • In the UAE, no less than 19 laws are centred around or contain areas with respect to information security, and a government UAE information protection law is relied upon to pass this year. 
  • In mid-2021, the Abu Dhabi Global Market cancelled the 2015 ADGM Data Protection Regulations and supplanted them with new laws that accentuated responsibility and prerequisites like the GDPR and other worldwide principles. 

Under those changes, existing associations working in or with ADGM have until Feb. 14, 2022, to execute new consistency measures and new associations had until Aug. 14 this year to set up consistency.

  • The UAE constitution, Penal Code, Cyber Crime Law and area explicit laws that sway medical care, web-based business or different ventures additionally incorporate protection arrangements and requirement power — with punishments for disregarding these laws crossing fines as high as DH1 million or potential prison time.
  • In 2018, Bahrain’s Personal Data Protection Law was presented, incorporating security of protection, information subject freedoms and responsibility like other worldwide principles. However, the law includes a level of requirement and free controller power, less so than the strictest worldwide laws. 
  • Qatar’s Law No. 13 of 2016 Concerning Personal Data Protection goes much further and is lined up with worldwide standards across assurances, information subject privileges, responsibility, administrative power and requirement.

The current data policy and the way forward 

Around the world, information security guidelines are turning out to be more muddled and extraordinary. While the MENA has moved more leisurely on this front than in different areas, it is getting sped up now. State-run administrations are quitting any funny businesses with driving on the worldwide stage and upholding information security. As well as carrying out new protection projects and controls to adjust to this shift, associations will likewise have to put resources into changing social perspectives toward information security. Changing the executives’ drives that guarantee every individual who connects with private information is acquired to the strategies. 

The consequence of these endeavours will be a solid establishment for separating esteem from information in an agreeable manner. The capacity to support purchaser, accomplice and worker trust while doing nothing is presently not a choice. In FTI Consulting’s 2020 Resilience Barometer, while 76% of respondents either conquer or firmly concur that administrative elevation will make business more confounded, not exactly half are proactive with regards to expanded administrative examination and dealing with the dangers of delicate inward data spills. This receptive way to deal with information security should change.


This is just a preview of the perplexing information protection scene framing in the MENA. In any event, this ought to show the time has come to treat information protection in a serious way. As associations in the area start to adjust, there are various contemplations that ought to be tended to. As Middle Eastern nations increase their administrative oversight and meticulousness over information security, organizations in the district are looking for direction on the best way to assess their danger, execute information protection structures and maintain consistency. Given a huge number of intricacies, it is truly challenging for associations to keep up to date with every one of the prerequisites.

1 thought on “Data Privacy in the Middle-East”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Shubham Bansal

INTRODUCTION:  The enactment of the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023, marks a significant milestone in the realm of data …

Shubham Bansal

Introduction  The introduction of the DPDPA, 2023 has brought in the opportunity for various sectors including the pharma companies to …

Shubham Bansal

INTRODUCTION:  The enactment of data protection legislation across various jurisdictions have necessitated strict mandates to protect people’s personal information. India …

Shubham Bansal

Introduction  In today’s digital age, data protection and privacy are crucial for businesses, especially those operating online. As companies increasingly …

Shubham Bansal

INTRODUCTION Last year, India achieved a significant mark when the long-awaited data protection legislation known as the Digital Personal Data …


Would you like to read regular updates from Tsaaro.
Subscribe to our newsletter

Our Latest Blogs

Read what the latest hapennings in the cyber world are and learn what the
experts have to say about them