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6 Sep 2021

Georgia Tolley, The National (UAE)

UAE: Govt. to introduce new data law limiting companies’ use of personal data for profit

"What is the UAE's new data law?" 5 September 2021

....... Data protection has become an issue of concern for many governments and human rights organisations, as digital technology has enabled companies to harvest and store extraordinary amounts of information about people.

Campaigners fear vital items of information such as customer details, transaction records and employee profiles could be misused by third parties for fraudulent purposes.

Mr Al Olama said the UAE data law has been designed to protect the privacy of people and institutions, and limit entities, such as private companies, using personal data for profit.