The Economic and Social Council Discusses the Draft Law for Personal Data Protection 2018

11/19/2018

The Economic 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.

The 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.  

At 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.

 Attendees 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.

 Comments 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.

 Moreover, 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.

 Attendees 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.

 Finally, it 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.