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DATA PROTECTION NOTIFICATION

Failure by entities to notify the Commissioner of Data Protection ("Commissioner") in accordance with the Data Protection Law and Data Protection Regulations may result in the Commissioner imposing a fine in respect of the contravention as prescribed in Schedule 2 of the Data Protection Law.  The data protection notification has to be submitted through the DIFC Client Portal. DIFC-registered entities are required to submit a data protection notification as per the process below:

New entities

The data protection notification is part of the registration/incorporation service request. Note that the DIFC Client Portal will not allow the user to submit the registration/incorporation service request without finalising the data protection notification.

Data Protection Notification

The data protection notification renewal is part of the license renewal service request. Prior to submitting the license renewal service request, the user must first confirm if there are any changes to the registrable particulars notified in the manner described previously.

Duty to notify changes

If at any time during the year there are any changes to the registrable particulars, entities must submit a notification to the Commissioner through the DIFC Client Portal using the service request "Data Protection Notification".

DATA PROTECTION SCHEDULE OF FEES

For the purposes of Article 40 of the Data Protection Law, all applicable fees must be paid in respect of matters set out in App1 of the Data Protection Regulations. Fees should be paid at the time that the relevant forms are submitted. No request for action will be considered duly made until the relevant fee is received.

Payment method:

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Credit Card

Cash, cheque, copy of remittance advice or credit card authorisation form is to be submitted to the office of the Commissioner of Data Protection at the DIFC offices in person, by courier or by mail, at the following address: Level 14, The Gate, DIFC, P. O. Box 74777, Dubai, UAE.
Please note, if submitting payment by cheque, cash or credit card in UAE Dirhams, the applicable exchange rate is US$1=AED3.675. Cheques should be made payable to: DIFCA - Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.

SCHEDULE 1

Category Type of Entity
I Regulated Entities
Authorised Firms
Authorised Ancillary Service Providers
Authorised Market Institutions
Credit Bureaus
II Non-Regulated Entities
III Retail

UPON RECEIPT BY THE COMMISSIONER OF DATA PROTECTION:

Category I II III
Registration $1,000 $500 $200
Annual renewal of the registration $500 $250 $100
Permit to transfer Personal Data outside DIFC under Article 12(1)(a) of the Data Protection Law $250 $150 $50
Permit to Process Sensitive Personal Data under Article 10(2) of the Data Protection Law $250 $150 $50
Amendments to the registrable particulars of the notification $100 $50 $10
Notification to inform the Commissioner of Data Protection of not Processing Personal Data Nil Nil Nil
Amendments to contact details Nil Nil Nil