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UAE warns against sharing CCTV footage on socials

Police in the UAE have repeatedly warned the public against sharing videos or CCTV footage on social media, saying that violators will face legal consequences.

Police have explained that surveillance cameras were set up to enhance public safety and security. Footage from such surveillance cameras are not meant for circulation or sharing.

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Police said that in the event that any suspicious activity is noticed through surveillance cameras, authorities must be informed immediately by calling 901.

The UAE law prohibits people from publishing anything that affects security, provokes, intimidates or hinders the privacy of individuals.

The law on Combating Information Technology Crimes stipulates: “[A person] shall be punished with imprisonment for a period of at least six months and fined not less than Dh150,000 and not in excess of Dh500,000 — or either of these two penalties — if he or she uses a computer network or an electronic information system or any information technology means for the invasion of privacy of another person, other than cases allowed by the law.”

Using the internet to post photos, statements or news with the purpose to defame, offend or invade someone’s privacy is punishable with jail time of at least one year and a fine of between Dh250,000 and Dh500,000.

The following activities are also considered a crime in the UAE:

– Eavesdropping, interception, recording, transferring, transmitting or disclosing conversations or communications or audio-visual material.

– Photographing others without permission or creating, transferring, disclosing, copying or saving electronic photos.

– Publishing news, electronic photos or photographs, scenes, comments, statements or information for the purpose of defamation, or to offend, attack or invade someone’s privacy. ICA/Expat Media

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