Egypt’s Data Protection Law enters into force in October

It is likely that the law will not be fully enforced until 2022, but businesses should start preparing now. By Dino Wilkinson and Masha Ooijevaar of Clyde & Co.

On 13 July 2020, Egypt’s Government issued its long-awaited Data Protection Law(1) (Law No. 151 of 2020) (the Law), which establishes various standards and controls governing the processing and handling of personal data. The Law was published in the Official Gazette on 15 July 2020.

The Law is part of a growing trend of countries enacting comprehensive data protection laws, which reflect the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), now considered as the “gold standard” of data protection across the globe. The Law aims to safeguard the rights of individuals in Egypt in respect of their personal data and to place responsibilities on businesses for how they process personal data.

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