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We are excited to share the latest edition of the Law Update, beautifully and appropriately titled “Sustainable Horizons: The Saudi Arabian Vision.” Giving special honor to the Kingdom’s 2030 vision, this update focuses on a collection of both informative and inspiring articles.
For those in construction, you can learn about how the tendering environment impacts risk-pricing for contractors, the updates on the legal framework of the construction industry and how contractors can protect themselves against financial difficulties.
There is good news too from the kingdom’s banking sector, from which the practice of “Open Banking” is being pushed for! But what is open banking? We’re answering that too.
Also . . . Are there any women trail blazers in Saudi Arabia you can name? We’ll help you with that. We cover how the Middle East has been making strides in empowering women in the entrepreneurial space,most notably in STEM fields.Read the full edition
Broadly speaking, the Internet of Things (“IoT”) refers to the billions of physical devices around the world that are now connected to the internet, collecting and sharing data.
As potential security concerns rise about IoT devices, governments around the world are looking to regulate IoT. By issuing its IoT Regulatory Procedures (“IoT Procedures”) which cover the procedure for registration for an IoT service, the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (“TRA”) has recently implemented its IoT Regulatory Policy (“IoT Policy”).
Although the IoT Policy was issued in 22 March 2018, it had not to come into effect until the TRA issued its IoT Procedures on 6 March 2019 and subsequently published them, as the IoT Procedures were necessary to operationalise the implementation of the IoT Policy.
The IoT Policy is intended to allow IoT services to develop in the UAE in a coordinated, coherent, safe and secure manner. The IoT Policy applies to all persons concerned with IoT in the UAE, including but not limited to (1) Licensed telecommunications service providers (i.e. Etisalat and du); (2) IoT Service Providers (as defined in the IoT Policy) and (3) IoT Service users including individuals, businesses and the government.
Key features of the IoT Policy include:
The registration procedure for a IoT Service under the IoT Procedures is broadly as follows:
What is a fundamental threshold issue is whether any particular services that connects to internet is an IoT Service under the IoT Policy? The IoT Policy formally defines IoT very broadly as “a global infrastructure for the information society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting (physical and virtual) things based on existing and evolving interoperable information and communication technologies”.
This appears to refer to more than just machine to machine (M2M) connectivity, and may need determination by the TRA on a case-by-case basis.
A full overview of the IoT Policy can be found in our recently authored Law Update article, titled What’s Got Hot in the Internet of Things?
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