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With emerging technology and the world becoming more digital, countries all over the world are drafting comprehensively data privacy regulations. Joining the global movement, the government of Egypt has passed its first-ever Personal Data Protection Law (PDPL), which is very much in line with the requirements of the global best practice, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The PDPL came into effect on 14 October 2020.
The PDPL protects data processed electronically. It applies to both data controllers and processors that process personal data belonging to Egyptian residents, whether or not the organizations are based in Egypt.
Under the PDPL, data subjects have the following rights:
Under the PDPL, no personal information can be collected, processed, or disclosed unless there exists a legal basis to do so. Legal basis includes explicit consent of the concerned data subject, the legitimate interest of the data controller or any relevant third-party, performance of a contract, commencement of a legal action, or compliance with a legal obligation. However, where it involves the processing of sensitive personal information, the PDPL requires data controllers to obtain the explicit consent of the concerned data subject even if there is a legitimate interest to process such sensitive personal information.
Under the PDPL, organizations have the following responsibilities
Organizations shall have a grace period of around 21 days to comply with the requirements of the law. A violation of the requirement of the PDPL may result in severe criminal penalties or costly administrative fines. The maximum fine that can be awarded under the law is 5 million Egyptian pounds and imprisonment of up to three year where prison sentences apply.
Egypt's Personal Data Protection Law aims to protect people’s personal information by granting them several rights and protections. Organizations are encouraged to undertake reasonable and appropriate technical measures in line with the requirements introduced by the law.
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Egypt introduced the Law on the Protection of Personal Data ('the Data Protection Law') issued under Resolution No. 151 of 2020. The law provides data subjects with the right to be informed, right to access, right to rectification, right to erasure, right to object/opt-out, right to data portability, and the right not to be subject to automated decision-making. It also imposes a maximum fine of up to EGP 5 million.
GDPR applies to organizations that process the personal data of individuals within the European Union (EU). Egypt is not part of the EU, so GDPR's direct applicability is limited. However, GDPR might indirectly apply if an Egyptian organization processes the data of EU residents.
Yes, Egypt has regulations related to IT and cyberspace. The "Cybercrime Law" and other legislation govern aspects of online activities, data protection, and cybersecurity within the country.
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