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Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)


Since the technology revolution, the rules of privacy law have rapidly changed in many countries to keep pace with new privacy challenges. Surprisingly, Saudi Arabia has no specific data protection legislation. This does not necessarily mean that people’s personal information is totally unprotected. In fact, the legal system in Saudi Arabia relies on both Islamic jurisprudence and written laws. Sharia law, the paramount body of law in Saudi Arabia, places a high value on an individual's privacy and prohibits any invasions therein, except in very limited circumstances. Moreover, other provisions relating to the sanctity and safety of individuals’ personal data are spread out over several legislative instruments. The dissertation discusses whether the current level of protection of individuals’ rights to privacy—particularly in the digital world— offered by both Sharia law and Saudi regulations is sufficient and effective; and recommends practical steps that can be taken to develop a stronger information privacy system.


Abdulaziz Almebrad is an SJD candidate at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He was born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from King Saud University in Riyadh 2011. He earned his master’s degree focusing on information privacy& security laws from Indiana University-Maurer School of Law-Bloomington in 2015. Mr. Almebrad is a faculty member at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University. He received a scholarship from Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University to continue his higher education in order to become an assistant professor.

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