Qatar leads the way with new standalone data protection law
The Qatari government has passed a law requiring a minimum level of protection for personal data within the State of Qatar. It is the first GCC member state to issue a generally applicable data protection law.
The law introduces new requirements with regards to how employers maintain and manage their employee's information. It will require action to ensure compliance, both for governance reasons and because the law includes “breach fines”.
The Law will help build consumer trust in Qatar in the online environment and comes at a time when the rapid pace of technological change, meaning that more personal data than ever before is being processed electronically, including due to the advance of big data and Internet of things technologies.