Lower house passes 2022 digital data protection law

Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh
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AMMAN — The Lower House approved the 2022 draft law on digital personal data protection on Monday. Following an extensive debate led by Speaker Ahmad Safadi and attended by Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh and cabinet ministers, the bill received endorsement, having been previously reviewed by the parliamentary Economy and Investment Committee.اضافة اعلان

The draft aims to align with constitutional rights and freedoms, regulate the digital landscape, safeguard personal data, and uphold privacy in the era of data collection, storage, and processing, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported. It seeks to establish a framework that strikes a balance between individual rights and data usage, supporting the digital economy, encouraging e-commerce and services, and reinforcing cyber safety.

Responsibilities to those overseeing personal data, processors, and recipients
The draft outlines the responsibilities of those overseeing personal data, processors, and recipients. It also details penalties for violators, the establishment and functions of a Personal Data Protection Council, and the role of regulatory units within the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship.

Apply retroactively to data
The draft's provisions apply retroactively to data, with exceptions for individuals processing their data for personal purposes. It mandates data processing in accordance with its conditions.

The bill obliges officials to safeguard entrusted data through security measures and protocols, as set by the Data Protection Council. It also requires administrators to inform concerned individuals of the data processing specifics, including purpose, timeframe, and processors.

Draft to take into effect six months after its publication
The draft will take effect six months after its publication in the Official Gazette. Following its passage, law makers commenced discussions on the 2023 draft law amending real estate regulations.

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