Year of the 50th

UAE Data Law to let individuals control how info is used, shared

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on September 5, 2021
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It will limit entities' use of personal data for profit.

In the coming weeks, the country will deploy and decree the UAE Data Law — the first federal law of its kind that will be drafted in partnership with major technology companies, a minister announced on Sunday.

The UAE Data Law — announced on Sunday as one of the country’s ‘Projects of the 50’ — will give individuals the freedom to control the way their personal information is used, stored and shared.

“With this law, international companies can call the UAE their home," said Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications.


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It works in a manner that protects the privacy of individuals and institutions and limits entities’ use of personal data for profit.

“(The law) guarantees personal privacies and the ability for the private sector to grow, innovate, and prosper. It gives individuals the right to be forgotten, the right of access, the right of correction, and the right to be informed,” Al Olama said.

“What we care about in this law is that we don’t consider this a ‘UAE law’ that is going to benefit global companies. It is a global law. It can serve international markets without having to increase investment on compliance issues or even cater to specific needs UAE has,” he explained.

Digital economy will be a major element of the UAE’s grand Projects of the 50.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for over ten years. For Khaleej Times, she covers NRI affairs, civil aviation, and immigration issues among other things. She completed her BA in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008 and is currently pursuing her MA in Leadership and Innovation in Contemporary Media at the American University in Dubai. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves food, and is mom to an over-enthusiastic Labrador retriever. Tweet at her @shootsprintrite.

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