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Privacy laws Middle East

Privacy laws in the Middle East vary by country, but generally, they follow Islamic principles and are based on personal privacy rights outlined in the national constitution.

Charting the Course: Key Principles of the PDPL 2021

The PDPL 2021 lays out a clear roadmap for responsible data handling, emphasizing principles like:

  • Informed Consent: Individuals must freely and unequivocally give their consent for their data to be collected and used.
  • Data Minimization: Businesses should only collect and process the personal data necessary for their legitimate purposes.
  • Robust Security: Adequate measures must be in place to protect data from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction.

These principles not only safeguard individual privacy but also foster trust and transparency in the digital ecosystem.

Navigating the Maze: Challenges and Opportunities

Implementing the PDPL 2021 can be challenging for businesses, particularly those unfamiliar with data protection regulations. Some of the hurdles include:

  • Understanding complex compliance requirements: The law interacts with other existing regulations, creating a layered and sometimes intricate landscape.
  • Adapting internal processes and procedures: Businesses need to review and update their data collection, storage, and usage practices to align with the PDPL 2021.
  • Building robust data security infrastructure: Implementing strong security measures to protect against cyber threats requires ongoing investment and expertise.

However, embracing the PDPL 2021 also presents significant opportunities:

  • Enhanced brand reputation: Demonstrating commitment to data privacy can build trust with customers and stakeholders, boosting brand image.
  • Reduced risk of fines and penalties: Non-compliance with the PDPL 2021 can lead to hefty fines, so proactive adherence mitigates such risks.
  • Competitive advantage: Businesses that prioritize data protection can stand out in a competitive market increasingly concerned about privacy.
  • Personal data control at the level of individual HCPs
  • Detailed, real time capturing of opt-ins/opt-outs according to mandatory GDPR Data Processing Record and local regulations
  • Single source of truth for HCP data leading to higher data quality and less internal discussions about validity of the collected e-consent
  • Data quality algorithm by Match & Merge to reduce duplication & improve golden records
  • Seamless connections with your marketing channels (e.g web, e-detail, portal) and automated synchronized with all channels onnected, resulting in no more manual labor plus less mistakes
  • Automated synchronization with widely used applications in pharma, such as Veeva & OCE
  • Consent & preference center for HCPs
  • Data insights based on internal and external resources
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The most important
privacy laws

European Union 🇪🇺

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation of the European Union (EU) that became effective on May 25, 2018.

United States 🇺🇸

In the United States there are several privacy laws and regulations on a national, state and local level. There is not one national privacy law in the United States. Certain states, like California, introduced their own comprehensive privacy laws and other states are expected to follow.

Canada 🇨🇦

The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is a federal privacy law that came into effect on January 1, 2004.

Australia 🇦🇺

The Privacy Act 1988 is a federal privacy law that sets standards for the collection, storage, use, and disclosure of personal information by Australian government agencies and some private sector organizations.

Japan 🇯🇵

The Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) is a privacy law that came into effect on May 30, 2017.

Brazil 🇧🇷

The General Data Protection Law (Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados, or LGPD) is a privacy law that came into effect on August 16, 2020.

India 🇮🇳

The Information Technology (Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data or Information) Rules, 2011 (also known as the IT Rules) is a privacy and data protection law in India.

China 🇨🇳

China has several laws and regulations that relate to privacy and data protection, including the Cybersecurity Law of the People’s Republic of China, which came into effect on June 1, 2017, and the Personal Information Protection Law, which is still in draft form.


Privacy laws vary by country, with some having comprehensive privacy legislation and others having limited provisions.

Middle East

Privacy laws vary by country, but generally, they follow Islamic principles and are based on personal privacy rights outlined in the national constitution.

Russia 🇷🇺

The privacy law in Russia is regulated by the Federal Law No. 152-FZ “On Personal Data”. It outlines the rules for collecting, processing, and storing personal data.

Switzerland 🇨🇭

Switzerland is implementing new legislation to better protect its citizens’ data. Swiss companies will have to comply with this legislation from September 1, 2023.

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