This week the spotlight is on legal and regulatory developments in Bahrain where the King has approved the Protection of Personal Data Law. Bahrain Law No. 30/2018 sets out the responsibilities of the Personal Data Protection Authority. A Decree is to be issued to specify the administrative aspects of the Authority and establish its Board of Directors. Those found to access, disseminate, leak, or tamper with personal information will be jailed for up to one year, fined 1,000 to 20,000 Dinars, or both. Those receiving a bribe in relation to falsified information will be fined 3,000 to 20,000 Dinars.
The Authority’s Board of Directors will issue the necessary decisions to implement the law within six months of its publication in the Official Gazette. The law will come into effect one month following its publication in the Official Gazette.