The UAE Cabinet issued its highly anticipated Federal Decree-Law No. 45 of 2021 regarding the Protection of Personal Data (PDPL). The PDPL is one of the first projects of UAE's legislative reform and will come into effect on 2 January 2022. Executive regulations are due to be issued by 20 March 2022.
The UAE's government has long been devising a comprehensive data protection law to elevate its data handling and protection standards as per international best practices. The Cabinet realizes that in an era where customers, consumers, and governments increasingly value data privacy and its handling process, personal data protection is paramount.
The PDPL provides a legal framework to ensure the confidentiality and security of personal information while emphasizing the rights and duties of all concerned parties.