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March 3, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM GST

Overview (Program Summary)

The data protection landscape across the Middle East and North Africa region is evolving quickly. New regulatory updates and the enforcement of existing obligations are expected across a number of our jurisdictions in 2021. Navigating this regulatory complexity, including the important subject of cross-border data transfers which have been complicated by the advent of multiple GDPR-inspired data protection laws, is becoming increasing relevant and challenging for in-house counsel across the region. The ACC Middle East has planned a series of privacy and data protection webinars to assist IHC in preparing to support their internal clients with appropriate guidance. 

The DPO function is one of the key requirements in the tidal wave of new or updated data protection regulations we are seeing across the region. The DPO is responsible for monitoring their organisation’s compliance and should be thought of as the independent advocate for the lawful use of personal information.  In this webinar, our knowledgeable panellists will leverage their practical experience and share their thoughts on the DPO role. 
- When must a controller or processor appoint a DPO? 
- What qualities and competencies are required?  
- What tasks and workload levels are likely? 
- Can the DPO role (or back office support) be outsourced? 
- If a DPO is not required by law, what does an organisation do and what role would be best placed to take forward the privacy programme?  
And importantly for IHC, as the DPO role is very much about governance and compliance, is an IHC team member a good fit for the role?
Please join us to learn more and ask your questions. 

•    Paul McCormack, Global Lead, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Counsel, Saudi Aramco
•    Shanthi Thangaraj, Legal Counsel, Dubai Tourism
•    Simon Leadbetter, Data Privacy, Neom
•    Nicholai Pfeiffer, Managing Partner, White Label Consultancy
•    Dale Waterman, Partner, White Label Consultancy (moderator)



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