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Smart Dubai announces landmark data laws

Younus Al Nasser, assistant director general of Smart Dubai, announces the Dubai Data Policies
Younus Al Nasser, assistant director general of Smart Dubai, announces the Dubai Data Policies

Smart Dubai has announced a partnership with the emirate’s Supreme Legislation Committee (SLC), which will see the launch of a new system for the collection and exchange of data.

The Dubai Data Policies outline a set of provisions for the classification, publication, exchange and reuse of data, and are also designed to ensure the protection and privacy of data and individuals.

The Policies have been developed in partnership with several other government agencies, and consist of five key areas that will govern data: classification, protection, intellectual property rights protection, data use and reuse and technical standards.

Younus Al Nasser, assistant director general of Smart Dubai said, “We are now preparing data for the era of machine learning and AI. The Dubai Data Policies’ objectives are to deliver the seamless exchange of information between entities. We need to prioritise the data that is available for smart services. Citizen-facing technology services need to be designed from an experience point of view, not from a government point of view.”

Al Nasser said that the shared data that is defined by the policies would fall into three categories – confidential, sensitive and secret data. These levels will define whether information can be shared among government departments to enhance services, have limited access between departments, or only be restricted to certain figures.

Ahmed bin Meshar Al Muhairi, Secretary General of the SLC, stressed the importance of the policy, sharing that it is a key pillar in the efforts to enhance capabilities related to the dissemination, transmission and exchange of data.

The new policy also complements Dubai Data Law, which sets a solid foundation for the direction of an all-inclusive data system that organizes the collection and exchange of city information to build a competitive economy based on knowledge and innovation data management.

Smart Dubai has previously announced that it expects the sharing of government data to add AED 10.4 billion to the emirate’s economy every year after 2021. Al Nasser added that the Dubai government is yet to earn revenue as a result of the policies.

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