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Saudi Arabia has drafted a data privacy regulation to protect the personal data of individuals in Saudi Arabia. This law was approved by the Council of Ministers in Saudi Arabia and is named the Personal Data Protection Law (PDPL).
The PDPL aims to protect the privacy of individuals’ personal data, and regulate the collection, holding, processing, disclosure, or use of personal data by the organizations. The PDPL provides comprehensive details related to lawful processing, data subjects’ rights, organizations’ obligations while processing the personal data of individuals, and lays out penalties for organizations in case of non-compliance with the PDPL.
The PDPL applies to any processing of personal data related to individuals that take place in Saudi Arabia by any means. If a foreign entity is processing the personal data related to individuals residing in Saudi Arabia, then the PDPL will also apply.
To supplement the procedural provisions of the PDPL, the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence (SADAI), in collaboration with the National Data Management Office (NDMO), has issued the Draft Executive Regulations for public consultations.
The public consultations ended on 25th March 2022. The enforcement of the PDPL is delayed till March 17, 2023.
SECURITI enables organizations to comply with the Saudi 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 sections of Saudi 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Fulfill data subject’s erasure requests, swiftly, through automated and flexible workflows.
Build a framework for objection and restriction of processing handling based on business requirements, with the help of collaborative workflows.
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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.
Automatically scan the web properties within your organization, categorizing tags, and cookies. Also, build customizable cookie banners, collect consent, and provide a preference center.
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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.
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With the help of our multi-regulation, collaborative, readiness, and personal information impact assessment system, you can gauge your organization's posture against Saudi PDPL requirements, identify the gaps, and address the risks. Seamlessly being able to expand assessment capabilities across your vendor ecosystem to maintain compliance against Saudi PDPL.
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Track data flows in your organizations, trace this data, catalog, transfer, and document business process flows internally and to service providers or third parties.
Keep track of privacy and security readiness for all your service providers and processors from a single interface. Collaborate instantly with vendors, automate data requests and deletions, and manage all vendor contracts and compliance documents.
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.
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Automate how you publish your privacy notices with the help of pre-built templates to make the process faster. Also, enable centralized management by tracking and monitoring privacy notices in order to maintain compliance.
Under the PDPL, data subjects have the right to information that includes informing data subjects of the legal or practical justification for collecting their personal data, the purpose of that collection, and that their data should not be processed in a manner inconsistent with the purpose of its collection.
Data subjects have the right to access their personal data from the entity and obtain a copy of it in a clear and readable format, in conformity with the content of the records, at no cost. There are few exceptions to this right.
Where data subjects discover their personal information is incorrect or incomplete, they have the right to request an entity to correct or complete their personal information.
Data subjects have the right to request the destruction of data no longer needed or collected in an illegal manner.
Data subjects have the right to limit or refuse the processing of their personal information by the entity for special cases and for a limited period of time.
The data subjects have the right to object to the processing of their personal data or to withdraw their consent to the processing of their personal data.
Saudi Arabian Data & AI Authority will be the main regulatory authority under the PDPL, and will ensure its enforcement.
Personal data can only be collected with the express or implied consent of its owner unless its collection or processing is required to fulfill a regulatory requirement, to fulfill a statutory requirement to protect personal data or to fulfill a legal requirement or protect the vital interests of individuals.
Sensitive data is defined as data that shows an individual's ethnic or tribal origin, or their religious, intellectual, or political belief, or indicates his membership in civil associations or institutions.
The collection of personal data should be limited to the minimum amount of data that enables the achievement of the specified purposes.
Non-compliance can lead to up to 2 years of imprisonment or a fine of up to SAR 5 million.
The PDPL requires data to be retained as long as it is necessary to achieve the specific purposes for which it was collected or only as required by the PDPL.
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