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Dubai International Financial Centre’s Updated Data Protection Law, Part 2: Implementing a modern, global law in a UAE financial free zone
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), purveyor of Data Protection Law, DIFC Law No. 5 of 2020, is the result of a legislative overhaul aimed at creating an environment of ethical data management. The Updated DP Law combines international data protection standards of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the UK Data Protection Act 2018, the California Consumer Privacy Act and others with innovative, new concepts that work for the DIFC’s FinTech/X-tech incubator. Ultimately, the goal is to obtain adequacy recognition by the European Commission. This paper is Part 2 in a series that tells us how such a law was created and how a small jurisdiction in the United Arab Emirates is making big strides in data protection.
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Lori Baker Until her recent relocation to Dubai, UAE, Lori Baker was a Senior Associate at Fieldfisher LLP in London, in the Privacy, Security and Information team led by Hazel Grant. Her primary areas of focus over the past 11 years have been in Data Protection and Regulatory Compliance and her strengths are in the areas of global/EU data protection, anti-corruption and ethics, IT and telecoms outsourcing, as well as global telecoms regulation and commercial contract negotiation. Lori has been admitted to the bar in two jurisdictions in the US (Pennsylvania (1998) and New Jersey (2002)), and has been a qualified Solicitor of England and Wales since 2012. Her certifications include ISEB certification in data protection and until April 2016 she held a certification as a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional – International (CCEP-I) with the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Lori is now based in Dubai and is continuing her work as a Legal and Compliance professional.