Invitation Only Research Event

Data Protection, Privacy and the GDPR: Is the GCC Ready?

31 May 2018 - 10:30am to 5:30pm
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Chatham House, London



The increasing numbers of data breaches in the Gulf have intensified the discussions around data protection and privacy and have triggered several initiatives at the government and private sector levels.

With the upcoming adoption of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), GCC businesses have been working to put in place policies and measures to comply with the new requirements and to avoid the hefty fines which would result from non-compliance.

New technology developments mean that there is both a greater supply and demand for data than ever before but, as recent events have shown, data can be harvested for political as well as commercial reasons.

Currently, data protection and privacy in the GCC countries is mostly governed by general legal provisions under different laws - only Qatar has enacted a dedicated national law (DPL) on data protection, in 2016. 

This workshop brings together business leaders, lawyers, academics, and policymakers from the GCC as well as from the UK and key international institutions to discuss the current data protection landscape in the Gulf.

Is it adequately protecting personal data and privacy and in building consumers’ trust and confidence? What are the current challenges and opportunities? And how ready is the region to comply with international regulations, namely the GDPR?

Event contact

Nilza Amaral

Coordinator, International Security