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United Arab Emirates - Registration Requirements

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Does HR data processing require registration under data protection laws?


chris-adamus-30858Data protection laws sometimes include conformity assessments, which help to ensure businesses follow regulations. Requirements can include registration before the Data Protection Authority and random audits. 

There are no requirements to register the processing of HR-related data under UAE federal law.

Note that some free trade zones in the UAE have registration requirements. For example, the Dubai International Financial Center requires that Controllers (such as employers) and Processors register with the data protection Commissioner by filing a notification of processing operations (DIFC Law No. 5 of 2020, Art. 14-7). The Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) requires that Controllers notify the ADGM Commissioner of Data Protection of the Controller’s name, address along with the date it began processing personal data (ADGM Data Protection Regulations 2021, Section 24).

UKG's HR Compliance Assist team relies on a network of internal and external compliance experts and lawyers to provide clients with best practices and recommendations on topics such as HR document retention, employee data privacy, and HR electronic records. HR Compliance Assist also provides local compliance monitoring and alert services in select countries where UKG's customers have employees. HR Compliance Assist is a service exclusively available to UKG customers.

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