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Chapter: 

I. Legal Framework

Constitutional privacy framework

The Constitution of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) guarantees the right to privacy. The UAE Constitution in Article 31 states that an individual enjoys "Freedom of communication by post, telegraph or other means of communication and the secrecy thereof shall be guaranteed in accordance with the law."1

Data protection framework

The UAE has no comprehensive data protection or privacy law. The UAE is in the process of creating a Federal Data Privacy Commission that will regulate the credit rating business and all aspects relating to data privacy. A draft federal law on data protection is expected to be presented before the Federal Cabinet in the near future.2