New Data Protection Regime in Bahrain
Bahrain is a jurisdiction that is putting particular effort into updating various of its laws of relevance to the business community and including in relation to its ongoing efforts to promote the digital economy for businesses operating and based in Bahrain. The next step on this journey comes into effect on 1 August 2019 with Bahrain’s new personal data protection law, Law 30 of 2018 (the “Law”).
In essence, the new Law adopts a position, as is often the case with Bahrain’s new wave of related legislation, which sits alongside broad international practices. It continues Bahrain’s attempts to create a business environment which is attractive to the business community within Bahrain and also to investors coming into the region. The Law sets out to provide a clear framework for the processing of personal data. For sure, the new Law will require quite a number of changes in the way that businesses process personal data in Bahrain and all businesses should be giving attention to this new development.
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