Iran to Enforce Personal Data Protection and Privacy Bill

Iran to Enforce Personal Data Protection and Privacy Bill

With Iran’s new data protection and privacy regulation being implemented, Iranian and foreign servers that keep the information of the citizens will be counted responsible for the users’ information.

On the first day of the 2018 Elecomp exhibition in Tehran, the bill on personal data protection was unveiled in the presence of Iran’s ICT Minister and the Head of the Research Center of the Parliament, according to Fars News. 

“Up until now, we did not have a [personal data protection] law for the fast-growing cyberspace services, while they captured and recorded Iranian citizens’ information and there was no way to track them,” said Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran ICT Minister during the unveiling ceremony of the personal data protection bill. He added that the country has announced its readiness to have joint meetings with the European Commission regarding this bill. 

Previously, the ICT Minister had shown its contentment about the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) on a tweet, saying that he’s also looking forward to passing the data protection bill, and in the near future he will conduct talks with the EU about mutual legal and technical assistance.

The details of the bill are now available on Iran’s ICT Ministry website. According to the ICT Minister, this bill is not only intended for messaging apps, rather it relates to all services dealing with the citizens’ information. 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which was implemented in May 2018, aims to give the EU residents the control over their personal data stored by all enterprises regardless of location. In case of infringements by these enterprises, penalties could cost up to 4 percent of their annual global turnover or up to 20 million Euros.