ADGM Office of Data Protection becomes an accredited member of the Global Privacy Assembly

ADGM 21/10/2021
  • Membership further enhances Office of Data Protection’s (ODP) commitment to progress data protection standards across the region
  • ODP will sit alongside global leaders and decision makers in the field of data protection and privacy

The Office of Data Protection (ODP) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial centre situated in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has become an accredited member of the Global Privacy Assembly (GPA). This was announced by the Executive Committee at the Closed Session of the 43rd General Assembly, which is currently taking place in Mexico City.

Having first convened in 1979, the GPA, formerly known as the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, is the premier global forum for data protection and privacy authorities connecting the efforts of more than 130 authorities across the globe.

Dhaher bin Dhaher Al Mheiri, CEO of the ADGM Registration Authority, said: “When the Data Protection Regulations were enacted, and the ODP established, we committed to reinforcing regulatory best practice and providing consistency with other international data protection regimes – and that is what we are now proudly fulfilling. The ODP’s commitment to progress data protection standards across the region and beyond is what you are now witnessing.”

Sami Mohammed, ADGM Commissioner of Data Protection, said: “Following ADGM’s enactment and implementation of the new Data Protection Regulations, it is with great pride that the ODP has become an accredited member of the GPA. I have personally participated on behalf of ADGM as an observer since the GPA’s 39th meeting in Hong Kong in 2017.

Data protection and privacy laws aim to strike the balance between individual rights and business objectives. Our membership to the GPA further affirms ADGM’s stature amongst key international counterparts. Furthermore, it also reinforces our shared commitment on the global stage to protect personal data and safeguard the rights of individuals.”

The ODP is a member of key international forums for data protection and privacy, with the GPA accreditation playing a role in its journey and vision of becoming a leading data protection regulator in the Middle East. The ODP was the first in the Gulf to become a member of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) and the International Enforcement Cooperation Working Group (IECWG). In addition, the ADGM ODP is the only Gulf participant and observer of the Council of Europe’s Committees on Convention 108.

About the Office of Data Protection

The ADGM ODP was formally established as a result of ADGM’s enactment of a new set of Data Protection Regulations in 2021, replacing the previous Data Protection Regulations of 2015. The ADGM 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.

For more information about the work of the ODP, please visit their website: The ADGM, Office of Data Protection