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Expat woman fined Dh150,000 for taking photo in Abu Dhabi


DUBAI – For taking a photo of another woman and posting it social media, a European woman was fined Dh150,000 in Abu Dhabi.

The European woman had taken a photo of the other woman while trying to raise awareness of beach clean-up campaign, Emarat Al Youm newspaper reported.

She then posted the photo on the website of an autism centre.

The husband of the woman in the photo filed for lawsuit, saying the photo of his wife was taken without her permission or knowledge.

The European woman’s lawyer, however, argued that she did not have ill intentions in taking the photograph. The lawyer also said that privacy laws do not apply in the beach because it is a public area.

The hearing resumes on December 11.

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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