The Cabinet has approved the draft of a new data privacy law. The law will apply to personal data processed in electronic form or obtained and prepared in order to be processed electronically. The law also contains specific provisions prohibiting the sending of electronic communications for direct marketing purposes unless the consent of the individual has been obtained. This provision is partly aimed at decreasing the number of marketing text messages sent. The next step will be for the law to be approved by the Advisory (Shura) Council.