The final Law Update of 2022 is here, and it’s packed full of articles. The double edition features two focus areas, first is a spotlight on Energy and Resources and second we feature a collection of articles on Transport and Logistics. The developments occurring in these sectors in the MENA region are unprecedented and our lawyers cover vast themes for you.
The Energy and Resources focus features topics such as diversifying energy resources, solar PV, mining in the Middle East, renewable energy and green hydrogen. From a transport perspective, we draw attention to the Bahrain metro project, discuss the challenges and remedies associated with the repossession of an aircraft, and there is advice on what to consider should a party vary the terms of a shipping contract.
This edition navigates you through updates from across jurisdictions such as, Oman, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, and the UAE. Each article is timely and provides insights into legal issues and cases that are affecting these sectors across the region.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.