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Egypt: House of Representatives initially approves first draft of data protection law

OneTrust DataGuidance confirmed, on 4 November 2019, with Dr. Mohamed Hegazy, Head of Regulations and Laws Committee, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, that the House of Representatives ('the House of Representatives') had approved, in principle, on 3 November 2019, Egypt's first draft law on data protection ('the Draft Law'). 

In particular, Hegazy highlighted, "I think we still need around three weeks for more discussions before [making] the final approval. Yesterday, the [House of Representatives] approved initially (in principle) the [Draft Law] and we discussed some articles and took approvals on it and will continue in discussions within the next sessions. After the final approval from the general assembly in the parliament, the [Draft Law] must be sent to the Egyptian President to sign and publish it in the Official Gazette. I think the law will enter into force [latest] by the end of December 2019."

The Draft Law contains consent requirements for the collection, processing and disclosure of personal data, provisions on data transfers and violations of the Draft Law, which could lead to fines or imprisonment.