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Breach of privacy in UAE: What not to do and how to avoid Dh500,000 fine


DUBAI – The UAE has strict laws that protect people’s privacy and anyone with a camera or smartphone must be careful of what they capture in public.

Under the UAE law, stiff penalties await those “filming persons, taking photos, recording audio, recording phone calls, then distributing them or copying them or exposing them or keeping the content, even if it was true”.

Those caught filming people and children in public areas without permission will face a fine ranging from Dh150,000 to Dh500,000, with a jail term of six months or more.

Such acts can render persons liable under the Federal Law No. 5/2012 on combating information technology crimes. GAD/Expat Media


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