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Draft Law on Protection of Personal Data

The law should "safeguard individuals' private information and work", but will also "impose severe penalties to deter cyber crimes", according to al-Watan.

The Ministry of Justice has established a committee with the responsibility of reviewing and amending the Code of Civil Procedure. Their task is to create a draft legislative instrument that aligns with the current Constitution and adapts to the evolving legal landscape. It is expected that this task will be completed within a six-month timeframe.

Faisal Jamoul, a member of the People’s Assembly and the Bar Council, believes that the Ministry of Justice is the rightful authority to undertake this responsibility. He emphasizes that the judiciary should have the authority to make necessary legal amendments in response to changing societal needs. He adds that experts in the field appreciate the importance of these amendments to the Code of Procedure, which are required to keep the legal framework up-to-date.

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Jamoul further highlights the pressing need for amendments to the Judicial Authority Law, given the current demand from both members of the People’s Assembly and the Bar Association. The aim is to align it with the provisions of the 2012 constitution, ensuring a clear separation of powers, rather than having the Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council affiliated with the executive authority (Note from The Syrian Observer: As of now, the Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council is the President and the vice president is the Minister of Justice).

While a committee has been established in previous years to work on these amendments, Jamoul stresses the importance of expediting the process, as it has been drawn out.

Shifting the focus to another matter, Jamoul reveals the existence of a draft law for personal data protection currently under review in the People’s Assembly. This draft has been referred to a committee for discussion and requires in-depth examination due to its extensive legal content.

He underscores the importance of regulating the cyber world in light of technological advancements and the increasing occurrences of privacy breaches in both professional and personal lives. He emphasizes the need for laws that safeguard individuals’ private information and work, as well as the imposition of stringent penalties to deter cyber crimes.

Jamoul distinguishes this draft from cybercrime laws, highlighting its unique focus on preserving personal data . He emphasizes the need for a comprehensive and specialized discussion due to the complexity and size of the project.


This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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