and Social Council held a session today, the 14th of November 2018,
to discuss the Draft Law for Personal Data Protection 2018. The session was led
by the ESC’s President Dr. Mustafa Hamarneh, and attended by representatives
from the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, The Central
Bank of Jordan, The Department of Statistics, The Department of Land and Survey,
the National Center for Human Rights, the Telecommunications companies and
civil society institutions.
session was held to reach consensus with regards to the law which was drafted
for the third time by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.
The draft law was set due to the need to have a legislative framework to govern
the use personal data, as it is collected, analyzed, transferred, exchanged and
disclosed; in order to protect individuals and their personal data.
the onset of the session, the ESC’s secretary general, Mr. Mohammad Nabulsi,
presented the main provisions and the motivation of the draft law, after which
he asked the attendees to present their comments, suggestions and
recommendations, in order to share them with the government. Through the
discussion, attendees emphasized the importance of rewording the draft law to
shorten the content, making it less vague and more concise.
also stressed the importance of providing the reasons motivating the
formulation of the draft law according to the national and international
standards. Also emphasized, is the importance of redefining some of the
concepts and terms in the law.
were also made on the content of the law. For example, it was pointed out that
some parts of the draft law seem to be inconsistent with other preexisting laws
in Jordan. Also, it was suggested that some parts of the draft law should be
amended due to the difficulties associated with their practical implementation.
attendees requested that the draft law should include related institutions that
were not mentioned in the draft law. Also, attendees expressed the importance
of ensuring relevant institutions, such as the Central Bank of Jordan and the
Department of Statistics, are effectively represented when forming the council
for protecting personal data.
also suggested that the law should allow the regulatory authorities in relevant
institutions to establish the necessary instructions to implement the
provisions of this law. Also suggested is that the law should ensure protection
of personal data in smart applications and all social media platforms.
was stated that the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology will
continue to hold consultative sessions with public and private sector
organizations in the process of finalizing the draft law.