Saudi Arabia: New Data Protection Law Approved

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Saudi Arabia: New Data Protection Law Approved

Saudi Gazette, 14 September 2021: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet has approved a new personal Data Protection Law.

It will protect personal data from unconsented collection and processing. It will be implemented within six months.

It will protect any personal data which might lead to the user being directly or indirectly identified from unconsented collection and processing.

Data for the purposes of the Law includes a user’s name, identification number, address, phone number, personal records, financial records and Images, videos or any other identifying data.

The aim is to ensure personal data remains private, the sharing of personal data is regulated and personal data is not abused.

Personal means of communication to market or awareness materials are not allowed unless the personal data owner approves it or a mechanism which enables them to express their desire to receive it or not exists.

Awareness materials sent by public authorities are exempt.

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Marlé Van Sandwyk