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In this edition, we feature an entire section dedicated to COP28 where we share insights and intelligence through conversations we have had with leading experts from across the region. This includes articles and podcasts that delve into the most pertinent topics, such as COP28’s call to action for corporates, ESG reporting, and the UAE’s Net Zero vision.
Beyond the focus on Energy and Climate we feature articles covering important updates that look into a variety of areas, such as UAE consumer protection law, an overview of the Federal Civil Family Law for Non-Muslim Foreigners in the UAE, and from Kuwait we discuss the management of companies. As always, in our final section we continue to share with you real life judgements that provide context to the legal landscape in the region.Read the full edition
Following several months of public consultations on draft decisions relating to the Personal Data Protection Law (Law No. 30 of 2018) (“PDPL”), the Bahrain Personal Data Protection Authority (currently the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Waqf) (“Authority”) issued ten (10) decisions supplementing and giving effect to several provisions under the PDPL. The decisions relate to:-
The most notable concepts / procedures under the decisions include:
While all ten (10) decisions became effective on 18 March 2022, it is yet to be clarified whether in practice, businesses subject to the law will be provided with a grace period for compliance before the Authority takes enforcement action(s). We note that the forms for submitting notifications or requests from the Authority have not been issued yet.
Businesses must, as soon as possible, ensure that they:-
We will be scheduling a webinar in the near future to discuss the PDPL and the new decisions.
As a leading law firm in the Middle East & North Africa Region and with a reputable and dedicated Digital & Data practice, Al Tamimi & Company is well placed to assist you with assessing the probable impact of the PDPL and its implementing regulations on your organisation.
If you would like to further discuss the contents of this update, please contact Al Tamimi & Company in Bahrain.