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New UAE law on cyber bullying, fake news, online selling


DUBAI – The UAE has enhanced its Online Security Law, cracking down on cyber bullies, unlicensed online sellers and those who post misleading information or fake news.

The ratification of the Federal Crime and Punishment law came after President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan approved wide-ranging reforms of the UAE’s legal system on November 27.

The ratified law against online harassment, bullying, fake news and unlicensed online selling will be fully imposed starting on January 2, 2022.

The law gives courts powers to confiscate items, devices, software, content or other means used in the pursuit of a crime. Posts regarding such crimes will also be deleted.

The law aims to enhance community protection from online crimes, safeguard against electronic fraud and preserve personal privacy and rights.

The new law addresses online false advertising or promotions, including unlicensed trading in crypto-currencies or unlicensed selling of medical products and supplements.

The law also prohibits the broadcast, publishing, republishing, circulation or sharing of fake news and misleading information using online tools, networks and platforms. ICA/Expat Media

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