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UAE: 3 ways you could be violating people’s privacy

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has issued a reminder to UAE residents against violating people’s privacy.
In a video, the authority showed how you could unknowingly violate people’s privacy in the country and be fined up to Dh500,000.

According to the authority, here are 3 ways you could violate people’s privacy:

Taking photos of others without their permission

Article 379 of the UAE Penal Code makes it clear that taking a person’s picture without their consent or in legally permitted circumstances shall be considered an invasion of that person’s privacy. The penalty is confiscation of the camera or device, fine and imprisonment. Always ask permission if you are taking photographs of other people, especially of women and families.

Taking photos of accidents

Taking photos or videos of accidents or their victims is also a violation of people’s privacy. Posting these photos online or sharing them on social media is also considered a crime. In the UAE, only the media may publish photos of crimes or accidents, with permission from authorities. The penalty for violators includes imprisonment of at least six months and a fine of up to Dh500,000.

Location tracking

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department also warned that it is illegal to track someone’s location. It is also illegal to transmit, copy or retain such information. Using global positioning systems (GPS) devices to stalk or spy on people in the UAE could land you in jail with a hefty fine. Tracking devices may be easily misused to invade the privacy of other people. Under the UAE anti-cybercrime law, misuse of such devices could lead to imprisonment of up to six months or a fine of between Dh150,000 and Dh500,000. ICA/Expat Media


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