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Up to Dh500,000 fine for infringement of privacy on internet: UAE Public Prosecution

The UAE Public Prosecution issued a reminder that divulging people’s secrets and infringement of privacy on the internet is a crime punishable with jail term and a fine of up to Dh500,000.

On Monday (July 25), the Public Prosecution quoted the federal decree law that punishes “whoever uses an information network, and electronic information system, or a means of information technology to infringe on the privacy of a person or the sanctity of the private or family life of individuals without their consent and in other than the legally permitted cases”.

The penalty for this crime is “imprisonment of not less than six month, and/or fine of between Dh150,000 and Dh500,000”.

The same penalties also apply to those who:

1. Record, broadcast or disclose conversations, calls or audiovisual materials
2. Take photos of others without consent or copy, transfer, disclose or save them
3. Publish news, photos, scenes, comments or information with the aim of harming people
4. Take photos of injuries, deaths or accidents or disaster victims without permission
5. Trace or observe the geographic locations of others and disclose them

Those using the internet or other means of IT to make any modifications or reprocess a registration or photo with intent to defame or offend another person will be punished by imprisonment for a period of no less than one year and fined between Dh250,000 and Dh500,000, or either of these two penalties. ICA/Expat Media

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