Smart Dubai announces Dubai Data Policies

Policies developed with Supreme Legislation Committee to govern data sharing and usage

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Smart Dubai announces Dubai Data Policies The policies are intended to protect data and amplify the economic impact, says Al Nasser. (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 19, 2018

Dubai Data Establishment has announced the Dubai Data Policies, which have been developed in collaboration with Dubai's Supreme Legislation Committee (SLC) to govern sharing and usage of data.

The policies are intended to organise how government entities and private partners publish and share data to maximise data's real positive economic potential.

The Dubai Data Policies outline a set of provisions for the classification, publishing, exchange, use and reuse of data, as well as for protecting the privacy of data and individuals, and protecting copyrights.

HE Ahmed bin Meshar Al Muhairi, Secretary General of the Supreme Legislation Committee (SLC) said that the policy is a key pillar in efforts to share and exchange data as part of intelligent transformation. The policy will complement the Dubai Data Law as a foundation to create an all-inclusive system for city data.

"We look forward to building a fruitful partnership with Smart Dubai in support of the national efforts to make Dubai a smart, integrated and connected city with high infrastructure that supports future development. It is our responsibility to continue in the development of a sophisticated legislative structure that ensures the protection of data, which is important to our leadership as it is seen as a 'wealth for all to maintain,' seeking to enhance Dubai's leadership in future investment for the benefit of all mankind," Al Muhairi said.

HE Younus Al Nasser, CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment added: "The policies we launch at Smart Dubai aim to protect data in the emirate, which is the cornerstone of the smart cities of the future. Furthermore, they help amplify the economic impact of data, which is expected to reach AED10.4 billion per year as of 2021, according to the Dubai Data Economic Impact Report prepared by international audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG. The same report revealed that by opening and sharing 100% of government data, Dubai stands to generate an additional value of $6.6 billion.

"These policies set another milestone in Dubai's journey towards emboldening the opening and sharing of its data, in addition to empowering the deployment of artificial intelligence, which is the foundation upon which all services, sectors and future infrastructure will rely."

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