Preparing for India’s new data protection framework


The long-awaited Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 is likely to be tabled in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. However, due to growing discontent related to proposed provisions, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology sought comments in August from select stakeholders.

GDPR compliance in the Middle East: What you need to know


The European Union’s introduction last year of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is still creating challenges for companies in the Middle East, especially small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).

Governments across the region have long been pursuing economic growth programs to boost employment and diversify GDP away from oil-and-gas production. As the private sector toils to realize this vision, SMEs have been hit hardest by the costs of national regulatory compliance in their own markets as governments react to high-profile cyberattack such as Saudi Aramco’s battle with the Shamoon virus in 2012, a similar onslaught at Qatar’s Ras Gas the same year, and other such incidents.