ADGM Marks International Data Privacy Day 2023

ADGM 26/01/2023
Data Protection Day 2023
  • The event marked Data Privacy Day occurring on 28th January across the globe to raise awareness of data protection and privacy.
  • ADGM’s agenda focussed on international best practices that build trust for international businesses and amplified the role of international financial centres in data protection and privacy regulations.

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the leading international financial centre located in the UAE’s capital city, hosted an event on the occasion of International Data Privacy Day which marks the 28th of January of each year across the globe. The event gathered members of the UAE-GCC privacy network, counsellors from the U.S. Embassy in the UAE, UAE government officials and many other leading names from the GCC region.

Data Privacy Day in the UAE 2023

This year’s agenda of the event focusses on the international best practices that build trust for international businesses. More importantly, it focused on the role that international financial centres play in amplifying data protection and privacy guidelines and regulations. Interesting panel discussions at the event explored topics such as ‘How Financial Free Zone Privacy Rules Build Trust for International Business’ and ‘How companies can prepare better for the new UAE Personal Data Protection Law’ and witnessed the participation of local and regional industry experts.

In 2021, ADGM established the Office of Data Protection (ODP) as an independent supervisory authority responsible for administering the data protection regulations in this international financial centre. Furthermore, ADGM’s ODP is responsible for promoting data protection within ADGM, maintaining the register of Data Controllers, enforcing the obligations upon Data Controllers and upholding the rights of Data Subjects.

ADGM’s Data Protection Regulations 2021 has been benchmarked with international standards including Convention 108 to ensure the safeguarding of sensitive and personal data collected by entities based within ADGM. The event was marked in line with national and international data protection bodies and other sectors observing International Data Privacy Day, as an opportunity to raise awareness about the rights to personal data protection and privacy.

Hamad Sayah Al Mazrouei

Hamad Sayah Al Mazrouei, CEO of ADGM Registration Authority said, “ADGM acknowledges the fundamental right of data privacy and protection and emphasises it not just through words but through mandates and policies for the local and global community-based in the international financial centre. As an authority, we take our responsibility seriously and are continuously addressing the emerging challenges from the rapid acceleration of the digital ecosystem that we are all part of. ADGM’s Registration Authority is the sponsor of ADGM’s overall data protection frameworks that is a part of ADGM’s legal frameworks since its establishment, a reflection of the importance we have placed on data protection and privacy since the beginning.”

International Data Protection Day, also referred to as ‘Data Privacy Day’, marks the 42nd anniversary of the Council of Europe's Convention 108, the only international treaty on data protection. ADGM has been actively participating as the only observer from the GCC at the Council of Europe’s convention 108.