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Dh2 million fine in UAE for using VPN to commit a crime


DUBAI – Anyone caught using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to change their Internet Protocol (IP) address to commit a crime faces a fine of up to Dh2 million, according to the UAE Public Prosecution.

It a recent warning, the authority said that violators may also face a jail term and a fine of between Dh500,000 and Dh2 million or either of these two penalties.

Under the UAE law, it is illegal to use a fake IP address for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery.

Two of the most common reasons individuals use VPN are to enhance privacy and to bypass geographic restrictions or censorship.

In 2019, more than 1,600 websites in the UAE were blocked for using offensive, racist, defamatory or obscene content.

Accessing pornography and using online gambling services are illegal in the UAE. ICA/Expat Media

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