Update on Data Sharing

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This is an update to the notice on data sharing that UNHCR sent you in August.

In August, UNHCR and the Government of Lebanon reached an agreement to share basic personal data in accordance with global data protection standards.

To implement the August agreement, UNHCR will now share with the General Directorate of General Security basic personal data of Syrian refugees known to UNHCR as part of a one-time transfer. Shared personal data will not include personal histories, such as the area of origin in Syria, contact information in Lebanon or other sensitive information. Under the agreement, the data will not be shared onward, including with the Government of Syria.

The Government of Lebanon has reaffirmed its commitment to the principle of non-refoulement and its obligations under international law.

We take this opportunity to remind you that when you first approached UNHCR, we informed you that your basic biodata data may need to be shared with other entities, including the Government of Lebanon. UNHCR already shares some data with the Government of Lebanon for the purposes of ensuring needed protection and assistance. The August agreement builds on the ongoing collaboration between UNHCR and the Government of Lebanon.

For questions, please feel free to contact the National Call Center at đź“ž04726111, Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm, or check the Help Lebanon website for general information.