The Middle East and more so the UAE, is at the forefront of Information, Communications Technology (ICT). Also, sometimes referred to as Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) due to digital convergence, it is broad and includes voice, telecom, broadcasting (TV/Radio), content, publishing, internet, software, and electronics.
With one of the world’s highest smartphone, social media, broadband usage rates, and vibrant e-commerce sector, UAE has a fast-changing environment that affects just about every industry. Adding to this, are major government initiatives towards digitization, e-governance, smart services and setting up of large ICT clusters like Dubai Internet City (DIC), Dubai Media City (DMC), DIFC, IMPZ, Dubai Studio city (DSC) to name a few. The UAE has a Federal telecom law, overseen by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
Unlike other sectors, ICT embodies diverse areas such as security, privacy, cross-border communication and jurisdictions. It includes contentious, non-contentious matters, civil and criminal matters that fall under both the ‘real world’ and cyber i.e. virtual. For instance, online banking, covers all the above aspects and financial services.
Al Gharib Law Firm understands this complex, dynamic sector and what it entails for clients. Our ICT practice provides a spectrum of legal services related to rules, codes and standards, including cybercrimes and cybersecurity.Over the past 15 years, we have advised clients on the ICT legal framework to help them apply those laws in a practical and effective way to their organization’s success – be it ‘onshore’ or offshore i.e. in freezones.
Our ICT practice related services, include, but are not limited to:
- Licensing and structuring of business related to media, telecom, broadcast
- Drafting contracts related to licensing, website terms, ICT procurement
- Data protection compliance in respect of digital advertising
- IP related advisory such as talent, content, piracy, trademarks and copyright
- Contentious matters, such as social-media offences, compliance with TRAI
- Telecom aspects such as VoIP, VPN, encryption, exporting data and downloading
- Privacy counsel related to digital, SMS, email marketing
- Advisory on mergers, acquisitions, commercial transactions, regulatory considerations
- Legal counsel on rights related to ownership, freedom of expression, censorship