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Morocco determined to protect personal data
  CNDP is intended to reinforce the new 09-08 law on peronal data protection (Ph.: Archives).
Morocco will soon create a commission for the protection of personal data (CNDP), as part of the law enacted recently for the same purpose.

Through this move, Morocco intends to adapt its law to that of the European Union in terms of personal information protection (birth date, profession, address, etc.), in order to strengthen its offshoring and outsourcing market.

“The adoption of the law pertaining to the treatment of personal data constitutes a substantial step in Morocco's reform, opening up and modernisation process,” said on Tuesday the Minister of Industry, Trade and Modern Technology, Ahmed Reda Chami, who presided over a seminar on this subject.

Chami thus announced the creation of the commission for the protection of personal data (CNDP) which is intended to reinforce the new law (09-08).

This law stipulates a prison term of up to two years and a fine that may reach MAD 300,000 for any breach of personal data protection rules.

“The development and dissemination of information technology may present a number of risks mainly, mainly those related the abusive use of personal data,” underscored Minister Chami.

Themed “The Protection of Personal Data: challenges and perspectives”, the conference was co-presided over by the Alex Turk, the president of French national commission of information and liberties (CNIL), on which the new CNDP is based.

Highlighting the challenges facing the CNDP, Turk stressed that independence, credibility and trust are the prerequisite conditions for the effectiveness and success of this commission.

“The commission should answer the different questions relating to the protection of personal data and give advice to the different player in this domain,” he added.

This commission will be composed of seven members, including the president, all of whom will be nominated by the king. Most of them will be legal experts and computer scientists.

The participants in this conference hailed the adoption of the 09-08 law, stressing that Morocco is one of the first Arab and African countries to enact such a law.

  By CMC
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