A new law has been passed by the Saudi government, which protects personal data from unconsented collection and processing. The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the personal Data Protection Law. The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) announced that the law will be implemented within six months.
This new law ensures the privacy of personal data of an individual and regulates the sharing of personal data and also prevents any misuse. The data includes name, address, identification number, personal records, phone number, financial records and Images, videos or any other identifying data.
Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, the head of SDAIA said, the law will arrange and regulate the process of disclosing personal data according to specific controls that ensures optimal use of it.
He stressed that it's not permissible to use personal means of communication for any purpose of marketing or awareness materials except with the approval of the owner.
"The data owner has the right to request restricting the processing of his personal data for cases especially for a limited period of time, bearing in mind that the collection of personal data is limited to the minimum amount of data that enables the achievement of the specified purposes." he said.