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The “Representatives’ Economy” approves the first articles of “Personal Data Protection”

Amman Today

publish date 2022-03-01 18:42:00

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The Parliamentary Economy and Investment Committee approved the first article of the Personal Data Protection Bill for the year 2022, provided that it will continue to hold more meetings later in preparation for the approval of the rest of the articles.

The head of the Parliamentary Economy and Investment Committee, Khair Abu Sa’ilek, said while chairing a meeting of the committee held today, Tuesday, that the House of Representatives had best referred the project to the Parliamentary Economist, given the financial investment value these data represented.

The meeting was attended by: Minister of State for Legal Affairs Wafaa Bani Mustafa, Head of the Bureau of Opinion and Legislation Fidaa Al-Hamoud, Acting Secretary General of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Samira Al-Zoubi, and representatives of Jordanian telecommunications companies, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, and the National Center for Human Rights.

Abu Sa’ilek said that the committee heard from the audience their observations and suggestions about the draft law, which would improve it and produce it in a way that keeps pace with developments in the field of data protection.

In turn, Bani Mustafa said that the draft law has economic, investment and financial aspects, and aims to control the protection of personal data, adding that the world views such data as having economic value.

For her part, Al-Hamoud said that the draft law has been subject to extensive and many discussions and we are heading towards the stage of regulation, noting that it will raise Jordan in the global business index.

Al-Zoubi, for her part, said that the ministry has been seeking, since 2012, to pass a draft law on the protection of personal data, which is one of the most important laws, especially that we are in a time of digital transformation now.

For their part, representatives of Jordanian telecommunications companies (Zain, Umniah and Orange) demanded to take their suggestions and observations, which would enrich the draft law, in addition to the need for an explanatory memorandum for the draft law, and for a period of no less than two years to start working with it, for companies to Communications prepares the necessary infrastructure for this project.

Representatives of the National Center for Human Rights said that the draft law came to fill the flaw and the legislative vacuum with regard to the protection of personal data, explaining that there are broad terms in the draft law and must be specified.

The representative of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Nael Al-Adwan, demanded that the judicial police be added to the draft law.

It is noteworthy that the reasons for the draft law came as a realization of the constitutional rights and freedoms stipulated in the Jordanian constitution, and for the Kingdom to be among the countries that regulate the digital environment, and to protect personal data in light of the ease of collection, retention and processing, and to prevent attacks on the right of citizens and residents to protect their personal data and privacy.

It also aims to find a legal framework that balances the mechanisms of individuals’ rights to protect their personal data, and between allowing data and information to be processed and preserved in light of cyberspace and the spread of concepts of big data and artificial intelligence.

The draft law came to establish regulatory frameworks for saving personal data and processing it within clear restrictions and obligations, which enhances the confidence necessary to engage in the digital economy and contribute to encouraging trade and electronic services in the Kingdom, and to build an enabling environment to secure the safety of cyberspace and support its stability.

In addition to specifying the obligations and duties imposed on the person responsible for personal data, the processor and recipient of personal data, and the penalties and penalties imposed on violators of the provisions of the law and the regulations and instructions issued pursuant thereto.

The draft law also aims to establish a Personal Data Protection Board and define its tasks and powers and the tasks of the organizational unit specialized in protecting personal data in the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship.

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