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Personal Data Protection Policy

The Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance (HICG) is established in the Dubai International Financial Center to obtain the protection for members provided by the DIFC Data protection Law 2007 (the Law) and the Data Protection Regulations (Regulations) established under the Law. The HICG is committed to protecting the privacy of members and non-members and ensuring the security of personal data we collect and maintain. We strive to apply best practice in the management of personal information whilst conducting our organisational activities in such a way as to better serve our membership and the community.

Under the Law, Personal Data means any information relating to a natural person who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identification number or to one or more factors specific to his/her biological, physical, biometric, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.

Your rights

Under the law you have:

The right of access to, and rectification, erasure or blocking of, your Personal Data, where the Processing of it does not comply with the Law;
The right to be informed of , and on reasonable grounds, to object to, the processing of your Personal Data; and
The right to make complaints, on reasonable grounds, to the Commissioner of Data Protection regarding our processing of Personal Data (and the Commissioner may issue orders regarding your complaint as he sees fit).

Our obligations

We have an obligation to keep records of our Personal Data processing and inform the Commissioner of Data Protection of our processing operations.
We must comply with any direction issued by the Commissioner.

Web Site Information

HICG uses the information provided by you to measure the use of this web site and to improve its content and for the purposes described hereunder.
Whenever you request a page through your browser, navigation and click stream data such as:

your IP address,
browser and version,
operating system,
date and time and
the site from which you have linked to this site

are stored in a log file and/or database. Any search terms that you enter into the HICG site search are also logged. This information cannot be used to identify specific individuals, and is only used for:

web site and system administration,
research and development,
anonymous user analysis, and
to provide accurate statistics to advertisers in the form of aggregated data.

This information, including the email addresses collected, is kept on a secure dedicated server hosted by HICG as well as servers within HICG offices.
The email addresses collected from subscriptions or payments are not sold or disclosed to any third parties. These addresses will only be used by our business to send out HICG communications based on your relationship with us . You will not receive any mailings you did not request.
When a survey appears on the HICG web site, information is collected, compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis. HICG may share this aggregated data with advertisers or its business partners.
HICG hereby reserves the right to transfer any data collected in the event of an acquisition, full or partial, of the company or its assets, subject to the continuation of your Personal Data rights.

Members and Non-Members
We receive information including name, address, telephone, email and facsimile contact details and profile information from members and non-members on membership, membership renewal or other application forms, order and booking forms.

We receive information on non-members from a wide range of personal contacts, referrals and from publicly available sources.
We receive information when you contact us in person or via the telephone, send us a facsimile or e-mail or attend our functions or courses.
We also request personal information when you request products from us or apply to enrol for courses, conferences or other AICD sponsored events.

The Personal Data we collect is essential to our organisational activities because it is required to assess eligibility for membership of HICG, course participation or member advancement. The annual subscription process is used to ensure that your contact details are correct. We maintain and use this information in written and/or electronic form in order to customize website content for you and provide you with information, products and services that will be of personal and/or professional benefit. By ensuring that your profile information is current, you assist us to develop future strategies to benefit HICG membership and to represent directors’; interests more effectively.

Password and Security

Access to the Members Only area of our website is restricted. To gain access you will be need to use your Membership ID and a password. You must keep this password confidential and must not disclose it or share it with anyone. Please note that you will be responsible for activities and orders that occur or are submitted under your password. If you know or suspect that someone else knows your password you should notify us immediately.

Confidentiality & Security

All our data is stored in written and/or electronic form and we maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your personal information. We restrict access to personal information about members and non-members to those employees, corporate partners, joint venture partners and third party providers who need to know that information to deliver our products and services efficiently and effectively. We are committed to ensuring that any Personal Data you provide to us remains confidential and secure.

Complaint Mechanism

In the event that you have a question, concern or complaint regarding the way in which we handle your personal information, please contact us. If you have a complaint, you may address it to:

The Commissioner of Data Protection
The Gate PO BOX 74777
Dubai, UAE, or phone
+9714 362 2222

Changes to this Policy

We may amend this policy from time to time. If we do so we will notify you of any amendments by posting an updated version on our website www.hawkamah.org.

Testimonials

  • I am truly honored to attain this certification and I recommend the Compliance Heads of all DFM listed companies to participate and achieve this certification.

    Nabeel Mirza - Senior Director & MLRO - Compliance - GFH Financial Group B.S.C.
  • The workshop has added a level of professionalism to my practice. It addressed and discussed  the right concepts to promote better governance and effective support for business in line with rules and procedures.

    Osama Issaq Al Haj - Head of Legal & Board Secretary - Dubai Islamic Bank
  • A very interesting and informative course which has helped me to adapt my Board Secretary knowledge further to my role as Company Secretary.

    Hamad Al Hosani - Group Company Secretary - Emirates NDB Bank
  • Anyone who wants to enter the world of boards and governance; this is your passport.

    Jehad A. Kazim - Director - Legal Services Dubai Chamber
  • The Directors Development Program was one of the most beneficial programs I attend during my career life. The strength of the program comes from the way it was structured as each part covered very important aspects of the required management role.

    Nada Ishaq Abdul Karim - Manager - The Secretary of The Board of Directors - Bahrain Islamic Bank BSC
  • The DDP offered by the Hawkamah Institute is an excellent course to prepare directors to understand and fulfil their obligations properly as members of the board. I have benefitted immensely from this program and have started to implement some of the best practices taught on the boards that I am involved in.

    Amir Arab - Director - Havenvest Private Equity Middle East Limited
  • The Director Development Program is great way to gain insight and improved understanding in areas such as corporate governance and board functionality. I would highly recommend the program as a foundational step before they begin their board experience. Bindu Ann Joseph - Chief Operating Officer - 3W Networks
  • Director Development Program was invaluable learning experience for me which has elevated my knowledge and broaden my understanding mainly on the corporate governance practices and board of directors role. It has addressed the main concepts from theoretical and practical perspectives. The material is comprehensive and provides the key information of the different aspects of the course. I strongly recommend the program for individuals who play role in corporate governance and seek to enrich their knowledge of companies’ board of directors. Sumaya Alshaer - Acting Head of Strategy & Corporate Governance - DUBAI SOUTH
  • The Director Development Program is being run with an effective balance between theory presented by knowledgeable staff and interactive discussions among the participants. This makes it into a recommendable program for aspiring and existing Board Members alike to get up to date on Corporate Governance as relevant for our GCC Region. Johan H. Brand – Owner – Johan Brand Leadership Advisory DWC – LLC
  • My favorite part of the DDP program is that it teaches you more than academics. It gives you insights on the skills you need as a board member. Noora Mahfouth A Mohd Alshehhi - Manager- Contract Review Audit - Dubai Electricity & Water Authority

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