Fri. Apr 26th, 2019
uae law cybercrime

Improper Dissemination of Personal Data is Punishable under UAE Federal Law

Beware of your legal obligations when using social media, particularly if you are living in UAE. It would be helpful to become aware of the existing privacy laws in UAE as the improper use of social media escalates each day.

If someone files a complaint against you for sharing private information, you can be fined as high as DH500,000. Better inform your kids about the possible legal implications if they publish certain posts, comments, videos and pictures without prior consent from the original source.

The UAE Cybercrime Law states that disclosing secrets of any individual without his/her permission can be fined a maximum amount of DH500,000. If convicted, an offender will serve a maximum jail term of six months on top of corresponding legal penalties. That’s because you have not thought twice or even thrice before clicking the post button.

According to lawyer Eissa bin Haider, UAE Cybercrime Law No. 5 of 2012 clearly prohibits the sharing of any private information, regardless of the details are correct or not, about anyone without his or her approval. Penalties will range between DH150,000 and DH500,000, depending on the severity of the offense. Apart from serving a jail term, a deportation proceeding may be applied for foreign nationals.

UAE Federal Law

Aside from disclosure of personal secrets, there are also other offenses which can be penalized under the strict provisions of UAE Cybercrime Law No. 5 of 2012. These are the possible reasons for which the cybercrime law may apply:

  1. Careless posting pictures of an individual, whether you took the shot or acquired them from unknown sources, without the person’s consent.
  2. Invading the privacy of others, including eavesdropping or taking pictures and then publishing them on social media against a person’s will.
  3. Disclosing confidential and sensitive information of any individual in relation to family secrets, gender preference, grudge, and personal opinion.
  4. Using “emojis” like a dirty finger, or grinning face indiscriminately when talking online, which may offend the other person on the line.
  5. Publishing any information that can put an individual under public scrutiny and humiliation.
  6. Posting any information with the intention to discredit a person through malicious accusations.
  7. Posting of statements in contrary to morality and right conduct, including blasphemous remarks or any other contents which may corrupt minors.
  8. . Initiating a conversation that could lead to illegal online activities such as a security breach and fraud.
  9. Provoking remarks and online posts which may encourage public outrage against government authorities.
  10. Posting remarks which may result to national security concerns.

Social media has become a free marketplace of ideas with the sole purpose of connecting millions of people across the globe. However, whatever you publish, post or upload online becomes open to public opinion. So, it’s important to think before you click. Use your social media account cautiously without getting into trouble later on.

Source: FT

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