The future of biometric data protection in Jordan in light of the GDPR: Do we need to comply with the GDPR?

Alaeldin Alkhasawneh

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The expansion of social media, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things has led to many challenges and risks for biometric data protection such as the unauthorized use or treatment of such data. The needs to protect biometric data and comply with the most important regulations have become paramount for information security, especially with the incorporation of new technologies based in biometric data into most of aspects of our daily life. Currently, data protection in Jordan is governed by several constitutional provisions and some sectoral laws, which have more recently been complemented by the new Data Privacy and Protection Bill, 2020, Draft Law. This study focuses on the future of biometrics data protection in Jordan and considers the compliance of new legislation with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This compliance is encouraged because of the universal nature of GDPR, by analyzing the ability of the new Jordanian data protection Draft Law to incorporate specific data protection principles. The novelty of this paper comes from the fact that little work has been done on best practices for biometric data privacy in Jordan, also, given the vital importance of judging and perfecting data privacy policies, especially in Jordan around this issue, this study provides insight on how Jordan might best perfect its Draft Law to protect human rights. It is certainly of interest to the fields of law and ethics. The author used content analysis to analyze relevant legislation and literature, we found that Jordan lacks a comprehensive legal framework for biometric data. Little information is available about how to best protect biometrics data, the nature of the system to which it is subject, and the extent of biometrics data protection. Accordingly, the Draft Law will require significant amendments before it can accommodate the level of legislation currently required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Biometrics data
  • Data protection
  • GDPR compliance
  • Jordan
  • Privacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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