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On 24 September 2021, the long anticipated Personal Data Protection Law, promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/19, dated 09/02/1443H (corresponding to 16 September 2021) , was published in the Saudi Official Gazette (Umm AlQura). The Law was developed by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), which will be the competent governmental authority to administer the Law for a period of two years but it may thereafter transfer such competence to the National Data Management Office (NDMO). 


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Abdulrahman AlAjlan is a Partner and head of the litigation practice in Baker McKenzie's Riyadh office. He has been practicing law in Saudi Arabia for 15 years and has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration in the Kingdom.

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Zahi Younes is a partner in the UAE/Saudi Arabian Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He focuses on the areas of cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, international and domestic joint ventures, global corporate reorganizations, securities and capital markets. Zahi advises both private and public clients on the areas of cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, international and domestic joint ventures, private equity and global corporate reorganizations. He also counsels clients on initial public offerings, private placements and investment funds. Zahi has a regional geographic focus on the Middle East, particularly on the UAE and Saudi Arabian markets.

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Yousef Bugaighis is an Associate in Baker & McKenzie Limited Riyadh office.

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Kellie is is based in the Dubai office of Habib Al Mulla & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International. An experienced technology and privacy lawyer, she has been advising local and multinational businesses and public institutions in the UAE since 2012.

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