PwC Middle East has launched a data privacy assessment tool to help companies in Dubai comply with new data protection legislation.

The tool, which has been supported by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) provides organisations with bespoke reports outlining their current status against key requirements of the law, which became enforceable on 1 October.

It also makes recommendations for improvement.

Phil Mennie, Partner, Digital Trust, PwC Middle East said: “We are proud to collaborate with DIFC to offer clients a seamless online solution to help them comply with the new Law.

“Data privacy is an increasingly important area and we are dedicated to help improve the handling of personal data across the Middle East”.

The DIFC legislation combines data protection practices from a variety of laws, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regime (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

The new legislation sets out expectations for controllers and processors regarding several key privacy and security principles, in addition to setting out procedures for notifications to the Commissioner of Data Protection.

Jacques Visser, Commissioner of Data Protection at DIFC Authority said: “We welcome the introduction of the PwC’s Data Protection Compliance Maturity self-assessment tool, as we are confident it will help controllers and processors in the DIFC and beyond meet the new requirements and elevate their reputation within the industry”.