Ghada El Ehwany and Kellie Blyth of Baker Mckenzie write:
After several years of debate, the Egyptian government has introduced the
Republic’s first standalone data protection law, which aims to regulate and
protect citizens’ data online. On 15 July 2020, Resolution No. 151 of 2020 (the
Law) (available in Arabic here) was published in the Official Gazette. The
provisions under the new Law are modeled on the EU General Data Protection
Regulation (GDPR) and the Law adopts similar concepts and definitions. It is
hoped that the new Law will help Egypt attract foreign investment by increasing
consumer confidence in electronic data processing and setting clear parameters
for companies looking to capitalise on the growth of the digital economy.
The Law will enter into force three months from when it was published in the
Official Gazette (namely, on 15 October 2020).
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