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LegalUAE Cyber Law: INVADING PRIVACY OF SOMEONE ELECTRONICALLY OR BY ANY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MEANS

June 30, 20210

Before using or transferring the data you acquired from the internet or by any other electronic means, make sure you are not invading the privacy of someone.

Because invasion of privacy is a Criminal offence as per the UAE Cyber law. You could be punished with a jail term and a hectic fine.

Article 21 of Federal Decree Law No. 5

on combating cyber crimes states, Whoever uses a computer network or/and electronic information system, or any information technology means for the invasion of privacy of another person shall be punished by imprisonment for a period of at least six months and a fine not less than Dh150,000 and not in excess of Dh500,000 or either of these two penalties.

Following ways would constitute invasion of privacy:

1- Eavesdropping, interception, recording, transferring, transmitting or disclosure of conversations or communications, or audio or visual materials.

2- Photographing others or creating, transferring, disclosing, copying or saving electronic photos.

3- Publishing news, electronic photos or photographs, scenes, comments, statements or information even if true and correct.

Furthermore, one shall also be punished by imprisonment for a period of at least one year and a fine not less than 250,000 dirhams and not in excess of 500,000 dirhams or either of these two penalties whoever uses an electronic information system or any information technology means for amending or processing a record, photo or scene for the purpose of defamation of or offending another person or for attacking or invading his privacy.

It is illegal to secretly video record or photograph in public.

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