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Dh500,000 fine for taking selfies at private events in UAE


DUBAI – We’ve read about people getting killed over a selfie, but in the UAE, taking the wrong one could cost you at least Dh500,000 plus a jail term.

The UAE has strict laws on privacy, which is also protected under the country’s anti-cybercrime law that covers everything you post on the internet.

In fact, the number of cases related to filming private parties and weddings have increased in the past three years, Emarat Al Youm newspaper reported, quoting lawyer Noura Saleh Al Hajri.

Al Hajri said that taking a selfie with strangers in the background will not protect you in case they want to charge you with violation of their privacy for posting the photo on social media.

Under the UAE law, images of people that you post on social media without their consent can be considered a violation of privacy.

Violators can face a six-month jail term and a fine of between Dh500,000 to Dh1 million. GAD/Expat Media


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