Emirates News Agency – Public Prosecutor explains penalties for breaching internet privacy

ABU DHABI, 25th July, 2022 (WAM) — The United Arab Emirates (PP) Public Prosecution Service today explained, through a post on its social media accounts, the penalties for the crime of disclosing secrets and invasion of privacy on the Internet.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office noted that, in accordance with Article No. 44 of Federal Decree-Law No. 34 of 2021 on the fight against cybercrime and rumors, anyone who uses an information network and an electronic information system or information technology means to infringe upon a person’s privacy or the sanctity of persons’ private or family life without their consent and in other than legally permitted cases, shall be sentenced to a penalty of imprisonment of at least six months and/or a fine of AED 150,000 and AED 500,000. Those who commit the following actions will receive the same penalties: 1. Recording, broadcasting or disclosing conversations, calls or audiovisual material 2. Taking photos of other people without their consent or copying, transferring, disclosing or save 3. Post news, photos, scenes, comments or information with the intent to harm people 4. Take pictures of injuries, deaths or accidents or disaster victims without permission 5. Trace or observe the geographical locations of others and disclose them Those who use the Internet or other computerized means to make any modification or restatement of an entry or photo with the intention of defaming or offending another person will be punished by imprisonment for at least one year and a fine of between AED 250,000 and AED 500,000, or one of these two penalties.

These positions are part of the Public Ministry’s ongoing efforts to promote legal literacy among community members and educate them about the country’s latest legislation.

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