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UAE authority denies phone and social media tapping over Covid-19 fears


DUBAI – The Community Development Authority (CDA) has denied rumours circulating on social media about alleged tapping or surveillance of residents’ phone calls and social media accounts.

On Tuesday (March 31), the CDA said there is no truth that it has resorted to “exceptional measures and controls” on phone calls, as well as UAE users’ WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The CDA pointed out that the telecommunications sector is not part of its responsibilities and is managed by other departments.

The authority also urged the public to ignore rumours and fake news and rely only on information from official sources. The CDA added said that any image with a logo of a government entity does not automatically make a piece of information valid or official.

It also warned that spreading false and misleading information, rumours and fake news is a crime under UAE Law. ICA/Expat Media

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