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UAE authorities warn of Dh150,000 fine for ‘revealing secrets’; what the law says – News

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Published: Tue Dec 12, 2023, 16:58

Revealing secrets is a crime in the UAE, and carries a hefty fine of at least Dh150,000.

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Authority explained this Tuesday some key details of the country’s anti-rumor and cybercrime law (specifically, article 44 of Federal Decree Law No. 34 of 2021), which seeks to protect people’s privacy.

Now that smart technologies are accessible to everyone, UAE law ensures that residents’ personal space and boundaries are respected at all times.

You cannot record or share conversations or take and store photographs of other people, especially without their consent, the ADJD reminds residents in its awareness campaign.

The United Arab Emirates applies zero tolerance for crimes that violate someone’s privacy. Various other actions fall under these violations, which can result in an offender receiving a meal of at least Dh150,000 to Dh500,000 and/or being imprisoned for at least six months. These include:

  • Share news, images, comments or private information about a person, without their consent, even if the material is genuine.
  • Record, transmit or disclose conversations and audiovisual materials about a person.
  • Taking photographs of injured, dead or accident victims and publishing them without consent.
  • Tracking a person’s GPS location

Penalties will rise to at least one year in jail and/or fines of Dh250,000 to Dh500,000 if a voice note, photograph or scene is altered to defame or offend another person, the ADJD said.

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