Jersey’s Data Protection Authority has signed an MoU with the Office of Data Protection of Abu Dhabi Global Market.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aims to foster cross-border collaboration in protecting individuals’ data and rights and demonstrates the JDPA’s commitment to collaborate with other key authorities on safeguarding individual rights and sharing best practice
The Jersey Data Protection Authority (JDPA) and the Office of Data Protection (ODP) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), have entered into the MOU with the aim of facilitating cooperation between both jurisdictions in the area of data protection and privacy. The MoU was signed by Sami Mohammed, ADGM Commissioner of Data Protection, and Dr Jay Fedorak, Information Commissioner of Jersey.
Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) is an international financial centre located in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Established by a UAE Federal Decree as a broad-based financial centre, ADGM augments Abu Dhabi’s position as a global trade and business hub serving as a strategic link between the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and the rest of the world. ADGM as an IFC governs the entire Al Maryah Island, which is a designated financial free zone
Commenting on the MoU, Sami Mohammed, ADGM Commissioner of Data Protection, said: “We are pleased to enter into this MoU with the JDPA. Our respective jurisdictions have numerous shared interests. Our mutual commitment to working together, raising awareness and safeguarding individuals’ rights benefits both data controllers and data subjects established in our respective jurisdictions.”
Jersey Information Commissioner Dr Jay Fedorak (shown in the main picture) said: “It is important to note that Jersey already has important commercial and diplomatic ties with Abu Dhabi and the greater Gulf region. This MoU will help to protect the personal data of individuals in both jurisdictions by ensuring cooperation in the regulation of our data protection laws. I would like to thank Commissioner Mohammed for initiating our current and future collaboration.”
This MoU is further testament to JDPA’s ongoing effort to expand and leverage JDPA’s network of international partners and stakeholders. The processing and misuse of personal data is a global issue. Through cooperation and partnerships with key data protection authorities, differences can be bridged and the interest of data controllers and data subjects can converge.