Date of Award
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.
Almebrad, Abdulaziz, "The Sufficiency of Information Privacy Protection in Saudi Arabia" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 56.