This month we have a packed Law Update focusing on a sector that is a vital pillar for the region as it continues to push its economies to diversify. Education.
The Education sector has experienced, and overcome, its fair share of challenges. Today, across the region, it serves as an educational hub for nationals, residents, and a growing number of inbound international students.
The advances being made in the Education Sector are a result of Government initiatives being put in place to propel the sector to a global standard. This has piqued private sector interest and we are seeing more public private and international partnerships.
With Education being vital to the progress the region is making, we have a created an edition of Law Update that provides insights, commentary, and updates on the most pertinent developments within the sector. The articles come from a number of jurisdictions across the region and highlight key considerations and the latest legal trends taking shape.Read the full edition
Oman has recently enacted a data protection law, Royal Decree 6/2022 promulgating the Personal Data Protection Law (“Oman PDPL”) was issued on the 9th of February 2022 and was published in the Official Gazette 1429 on 13th February 2022. There is a transition period as the law does not actually come into force until a year from the date of its issuance. The Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (“Minister”) must also issue the executive regulation of the Oman PDPL and shall also issue the necessary decisions for implementing its provisions. These subordinate regulations and decisions will be critical to fleshing out the obligations under the new law.
The Oman PDPL repeals Chapter 7 of Oman’s Electronic Transactions law, which had some references to the protection of private data in a digital context and which briefly alluded to data protection principles in passing. In doing so, the Oman PDPL introduces much more robust privacy provisions, and introduces core privacy law principles as it looks to align Oman’s data protection landscape with global “best practice” in data protection. For those familiar with such core data protection principles enshrined in laws such as the European Union’s General Data Protection Directive (“GDPR”), much of the concepts introduced by the Oman PDPL will be familiar, with GDPR terminology, and core principles included. The Oman PDPL introduces provisions regarding personal data breach, data protection officers, data transfer requirements, data subject rights, amongst other familiar provisions.
The Minister will be acting as the key data protection regulatory authority for operationalising the law, and implementing it in practice. The Minister’s role will complement, but not conflict with that of the Cyber Defence Centre, which deals with cybersecurity matters, separate from data protection privacy matters.
Our specialist Digital & Data team has expertise in dealing with data protection issues in the region and works alongside our Oman office. If you have any questions about the Oman PDPL please do not hesitate to contact us.