Taking Someone’s Photo In the UAE Without Their Consent Will Cost you Up To Dh500,000

We all love taking photographs of our friends and family, don’t we?

However, next time you snap a photo of someone – make sure you have their consent!

UAE prosecutors now have warned that invading the privacy of others using information technology means is a crime punishable by a fine of up to Dh500,000 as well as a six-month jail sentence!

Fines and Imprisonment

The Federal Public Prosecution posted a video to their social media reminding people of Article 21 of the Federal Decree-Law no. (5) of 2012 on Combatting Cybercrimes. The law stipulates that whoever uses a computer network or an electronic information system or any information technology means for the invasion of privacy of another person shall be punished.

The punishment will be by imprisonment of at least six months and a fine not less than Dh150,000 and not exceeding Dh500,000. Or you could be hit by either of the two penalties.

Various Forms Of Invasion Of Privacy

There are various ways in which other people’s privacy can be invaded according to the article. It may include things like recording, eavesdropping, intercepting, transferring, transmitting or disclosure of communications or conversations, or audio or visual materials.

The Officials also clarified that photographing other people without their consent or creating, , disclosing, copying, transferring or saving electronic photos is an invasion of their privacy. It also includes publishing news, information, electronic photos or photographs, scenes, comments, statements – even if they are true and correct!

A punishment of at least one year in jail and a fine of not less than Dh250,000 and not in excess of Dh500,000 or either of these two penalties will be applicable.

These are clearly seen as serious offences! So best we are all aware of the implications…

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