Orange Jordan CEO asks govt to avoid over-regulation on privacy issues

Jean François Thomas said Jordanians are not aware of the value of their data
Orange Jordan CEO, Jean François Thomas.
Orange Jordan CEO, Jean François Thomas.
Orange Jordan CEO, Jean François Thomas.
Orange Jordan CEO, Jean François Thomas.

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Jean François Thomas, Orange Jordan CEO, believes that the government in Jordan should avoid over-regulation when legislating on security and privacy issues.

“You [countries] have enemies around and the government need to know a little bit more of what you [operator] are doing but the message to the regulator is don’t over-regulate on these privacy issues,” he said during an interview with CommsMEA.

He added that many citizens in Jordan lack awareness of the value of personal data held by the operators, and stressed that the issue is less sensitive than in Western countries such as the US and UK. 

Thomas added that, like other global operators, Orange holds data about its customers and is careful to respect privacy. “At the group level we are very careful because we have a lot of data on our customers. We signed some conditions at a group level,” Thomas said. “We may sell anonymised sets, but we will not identify a specific customer.”

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