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Bahrain has become a part of the countries that have enacted a data privacy regulation to protect the rights of their residents. On 12 July 2018, Bahrain drafted its law on data protection regulation, Law No. 30. This then went on to go into effect on the 1st of August 2019 as the Bahrain Personal Data Protection Law (PDPL) and supersedes all other laws. The PDPL recognizes the rights of individuals to have more control over their personal data and the needs of organizations to collect, use, or disclose personal data for legitimate purposes.
The PDPL applies to every individual normally living or working in Bahrain (not just citizens of Bahrain), every business with a place of business in Bahrain, and individuals and businesses outside Bahrain who collect the personal data of individuals in Bahrain using means available in Bahrain.
SECURITI enables organizations to comply with the Bahrain PDPL through AI-driven PI data discovery, DSR automation, documented accountability, enhanced visibility into data processing activities, and AI-driven process automation.
See how our comprehensive PrivacyOps platform helps you comply with various articles of the Bahrain PDPL.
Create customized web forms according to your brand image with the DSR request format and accept verified data subject rights requests. Automate the initiation of fulfillment workflows when verified requests are received.
PDPL Article: 18
Data subjects need to be notified about their data privacy rights and organizations are required to simplify the initiation of verified DSR requests. The automation of the delivery and generation of secure data access reports will greatly reduce the risk of compliance violations and reduce the workforce required to comply with all the requests.
PDPL Article: 18, 26
Disclosure of information to the data subjects within a limited time frame of receiving a verifiable data request is a must for any organization looking to comply. This will be free of charge and delivered through a secure, centralized portal.
PDPL Article: 23
With the help of automated data subject verification workflows across all appearances of a subject’s personal data, you can seamlessly fulfill all data rectification requests.
PDPL Article: 23
Fulfill data subject’s’ erasure requests, swiftly, through automated and flexible workflows.
PDPL Articles: 19, 20, 21, 23
Create a framework for restriction and objection of processing handling based on business requirements, with collaborative workflows.
PDPL Articles: 3, 9
Keep track of risks involved by continuously scanning and monitoring data against non-compliance to subject rights, security controls, or data residency.
Discover personal information stored across all your internal and external systems within the organization and link them back to a unique data subject. Also, visualize personal data sprawl and identify compliance risks.
PDPL Articles: 4, 5, 24
Automatically scan the web properties within your organization, categorizing tags, and cookies. Also, build customizable cookie banners, collect consent, and provide a preference center.
PDPL Articles: 4, 5, 24
Track consent revocation of data subjects to prevent the transfer or processing of data without their consent. Seamlessly demonstrate consent compliance to regulators and data subjects.
PDPL Articles: 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15
With the help of our multi-regulation, collaborative, readiness, and privacy impact assessment system, you can gauge your organization's posture against Bahrain PDPL requirements, identify the gaps, and address the risks. Seamlessly being able to expand assessment capabilities across your vendor ecosystem to maintain compliance against Bahrain PDPL requirements.
PDPL Articles: 10(1)(5), 11, 12, 13
Track data flows in your organizations, trace this data, catalog, transfer, and document business process flows internally and to service providers or third parties.
PDPL Article: 8(3), 12, 13
Keep track of privacy and security readiness for all your service providers from a single interface. Collaborate instantly with vendors, automate data requests and deletions, and manage all vendor contracts and compliance documents.
PDPL Articles: 10(1)(4)
Automates compliance actions and breach notifications to concerned stakeholders in relation to security incidents by leveraging a knowledge database on security incident diagnosis and response.
PDPL Articles: 14, 17
Data subjects have the right to request corrections to their personal data. A correction request shall be accompanied by proof of the accuracy of such request.
Data subjects have the right to be notified of the processing of their personal data and the purposes for which such processing is conducted.
The data subject has the right to object to the processing of personal data relating to him/her if the processing would cause unwarranted substantial damage, being material or moral, to the data subject or others.
PDPL grants the data subjects the right to object to direct marketing which is aimed at a particular person using their personal data, such as behavioral targeting, and ads sent via text messaging (SMS) or email.
Data subjects have the right to request the erasure/blocking if the processing of their personal data is in breach of the provisions of PDPL, in particular, if the data is inaccurate, unspecified, incomplete, or incorrect, especially if its processing is illegal or harmful to the data subject’s interests.
Under PDPL, if a decision is based solely on automated processing of personal data intended to assess the data subject regarding his/her performance at work, financial standing, credit-worthiness, reliability, or conduct, then the data subject has the right to request processing in a manner that is not solely automated.
PDPL applies to the processing of “Personal data,” which means any kind of information relating to an identified or identifiable person.
PDPL came into force on 1st August 2019.
Under PDPL, the data controller is prohibited from transferring personal data outside Bahrain unless the transfer is made to a country or region that provides sufficient protection to personal data.
The Personal Data Protection Authority oversees the compliance of entities with provisions of PDPL.
Under PDPL, organizations can not process personal data without seeking the data subject’s written and explicit consent. Data subjects can also withdraw their consent.
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