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Central Bank of UAE issues new security requirements for digital payments and prohibits virtual currencies

The Regulatory Framework for Stored Values and Electronic Payment Systems (Regulation) issued by the UAE's Central Bank came into effect on 1 January 2017. Digital payment service providers in the UAE must now comply with a...more

New Qatar Data Protection Law: What does it mean for business?

Qatar's new data privacy law will mean that businesses must take action to protect the privacy of personal data or risk fines of up to QR 5 million (USD 1.47 million). Subject to any extensions, businesses will have a...more

Saudi Arabia consults on proposed cloud computing regulation and licenses

Saudi Arabia's ICT regulator, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), has published a public consultation document on a proposed cloud computing regulation and license regime in the KSA. The...more

DIFC's new data protection audit - are you at risk?

The Dubai International Financial Center's Commissioner for Data Protection (DIFC Data Protection Commissioner) has recently issued Notices to Produce to a number of entities registered in the DIFC. We understand the...more

Dubai's new data law - tapping a new well

If data is the new oil, then the Dubai Government is keen to tap the well. Dubai's recently issued "Dubai Data Law" (the Law) is a one of the latest examples of the progress being made by the Dubai Government to diversify and...more

2/4/2016  /  Data-Sharing , Dubai , Oil Prices , UAE

DIFC entities warned against relying on US Safe Harbor rules for personal data transfers to the US

On 26 October 2015 the DIFC Data Commissioner issued a guidance to DIFC registered entities regarding the adequacy status of US Safe Harbor recipients. The guidance was issued as a result of a decision by the European...more

Middle East – Telecoms Tegulatory Round-Up

Eamon Holley of DLA Piper briefly reviews some key developments in four Gulf telecoms markets during 2014 and looks to what might lie ahead in 2015. Bahrain - Bahrain’s TRA has a reputation for being a dynamic and...more

Telephone Numbers – An infinitely available scarce resource

How can something infinite still be a scarce resource? In telecoms that’s exactly what numbers are considered, and they are managed carefully by regulators and operators alike. And with the advent of many more new...more

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