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Media Outlets Must Adhere to Strict Data Protection Rules, Obtain Info Handling Consent

Decoding Dubai's Digital Revolution: Inside UAE's Federal Decree-Law No. 55/2023

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Published on May 20, 2024, 16:04:17


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In a significant move aimed at regulating digital media and enhancing transparency in the UAE's media landscape, the Federal Decree-Law No. 55 of 2023 has been enacted.

This comprehensive legislation marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of media governance, setting clear guidelines for digital media activities and outlining the responsibilities of media practitioners and platforms.

The proliferation of digital media platforms and the widespread dissemination of information online have led to the need for robust regulation to safeguard public interest, uphold journalistic standards and combat misinformation.

Recognising this imperative, the UAE government embarked on drafting legislation to address the unique challenges posed by the digital media landscape.

Key Provisions of Federal Decree-Law No. 55/2023

Registration Requirement for Digital Media Outlets: One of the cornerstone provisions of the decree-law is the requirement for digital media outlets to register with the relevant authorities. This registration process aims to ensure accountability and transparency in the digital media sector, enabling authorities to monitor the activities of media entities operating within the UAE.

Editorial Responsibility and Professional Standards: The decree-law underscores the importance of upholding editorial responsibility and adherence to professional standards in digital media content production. Media practitioners are required to adhere to principles of accuracy, fairness and objectivity, thereby safeguarding the credibility of digital media platforms.

Combating Misinformation and Fake News: In line with global efforts to combat misinformation and fake news, the decree-law contains provisions aimed at curbing the dissemination of false or misleading information. Media outlets are obligated to verify the accuracy of information before publishing or sharing it, thereby promoting responsible journalism and safeguarding public trust.

Protection of Privacy and Personal Data: RecogniSing the importance of privacy rights in the digital age, the decree-law includes provisions to protect the privacy and personal data of individuals. Media outlets are required to adhere to strict data protection regulations and obtain consent before collecting, processing or disclosing personal information.

Enforcement Mechanisms and Penalties: To ensure compliance with the provisions of the decree-law, robust enforcement mechanisms have been established, empowering regulatory authorities to take appropriate action against violations. Penalties for non-compliance may include fines, suspension of operations, or revocation of licenses, depending on the severity of the offense.

Impact and Implications: The enactment of Federal Decree-Law No. 55 of 2023 represents a significant milestone in the regulation of digital media in the UAE. By establishing clear guidelines and accountability mechanisms, the decree-law aims to promote responsible journalism, protect public interest and foster a vibrant and trustworthy media ecosystem.

As the digital media landscape continues to evolve, regulatory frameworks must adapt to address emerging challenges and safeguard the integrity of the media environment.

Federal Decree-Law No. 55/2023 reflects the UAE government's commitment to promoting transparency, accountability and professionalism in the digital media sector, ensuring that media practitioners and platforms operate in accordance with the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

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