Data is produced on all people who live in the developed world and many who don't, through a plethora of means, often including their habits and practices online. One's social media profiles and activities, online shopping habits and any other interactions, are often collected and create something of a pattern of that person online.

However, not all data is so simple, and in most cases, the majority of individuals prefer their personal information to remain confidential and unavailable to everyone; some specific data is regarded as more confidential and private than others, such as medical information. Concepts such as doctor-patient confidentiality have existed for decades now, and the same care arises on the topic of collected digital medical records and data.

The UAE healthcare sector has recognized this and is, therefore, taking the appropriate steps to ensure the law provides adequate protection to all people in the nation in this regard. While the bill has yet to come into effect, it is only a matter of time now.

What the Law Entails

The Federal Law Number 2 of 2019 will cover just this topic and will ensure that the UAE is brought up to the global standard when it comes to data handling and protection. All of the entities involved in the healthcare processes and obtain private information from insurance providers the hospitals will fall under this law.

The data should be of primary concern, though there are a few entities that will be entitled to obtain the information should the need ever arise, and this includes the Health Ministry and other official government organizations.

The law has yet to be introduced in the national Gazette, though once it is, it should be around three months until the law comes into effect.

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