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Volume: 14 Issue: 11
(November 2017)

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Egypt: Draft data protection law proposed

Data Protection Leader confirmed, on 2 November 2017, with Mohamed Hashish, Partner at Soliman, Hashish & Partners, that a member of parliament (‘MP’) proposed, on 30 October 2017, a new law for the protection of personal information (‘Draft Law’) and submitted it to Parliament. Currently, the right to privacy is primarily protected by Article 57 of the Constitution, with sanctions for violating related rights found in the Penal Code No.58 of 1937.

Hashish said, “The Draft Law is a significant step and it will definitely affect the way all entities in Egypt deal with personal data, especially information technology and telecommunications companies, as well as business-to-consumer traders […] The Draft Law will apply to any personal data processing that takes place in Egypt using automated or manual means but excluding any data processing for family-related purposes, official statistics [as prescribed by] law, or judicial investigations. The competent committees in Parliament are currently in the process of reviewing and amending the Draft Law in order to submit it to Parliament.”

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