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Welcome to the latest edition of Law Update titled “Rise of Generative AI.”
In this edition, we dive into the dynamic world of Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. TMT continues to play a vital role in positioning the region as an international business and social hub, driving significant growth and innovation.
Our focus in this Law Update is on the sector’s ongoing potential to advance and propel the region toward a more digital economy. We explore the benefits of embracing a digital transformation and how local authorities have responded by enhancing regulations to accommodate the evolving TMT landscape.
This edition covers a range of topics, including – the new Telecommunications & Information Technology Law in Saudi Arabia, the intricacies of trademarks in the Metaverse, and the legal challenges faced by the video game industry. Additionally, we take a regional perspective, discussing jurisdictions such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, and Bahrain to provide a comprehensive understanding of the TMT landscape.
We hope you thoroughly enjoy this packed issue of Law Update, filled with captivating articles that address key legal issues within a vital sector for the region.Read the full edition
The long-awaited revisions to Saudi Arabia’s Personal Data Protection Law (PDPL) have recently been published. The changes are welcome, but much of the detail will be contained in the as yet unpublished Regulations.
We will be providing a fuller briefing in due course. In the meantime, key revisions to PDPL include:
Other areas addressed by the revisions to the PDPL include: clarifying the powers and functions of the KSA data protection regulator, revisions to the provisions dealing with data processors and also privacy policies, modifications to some of the penalties for breach of the law, and amendments that potentially make it easier for a controller to appoint a data processor. The amendments also tidy-up the drafting and address unclear language.
The changes are welcome, but much of the detail will be contained in the, as yet unpublished, Regulations. So how these new provisions will operate in practice remains to be seen.
Our Digital & Data team would be pleased to assist in providing advice on the revised Law and on compliance steps for business. Please reach out to Nick or Simon if you have any specific queries.
Partner, Head of Digital & Data - Saudi Arabian.email@example.com
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