State prosecutors have warned that taking pictures of people without their consent - in addition to sharing and storing these photos - is a violation of their privacy, a crime punishable in the UAE with a fine of up to 500,000 dirhams and imprisonment.
On Monday, the Federal Prosecutor's Office posted a video clip on its social media accounts, to remind residents of the country's cybercrime law.
Anyone who uses a computer network or any other technology to expose a person and violate his privacy faces a prison sentence of at least six months and a fine of not less than 150,000 dirhams and not more than 500,000 dirhams, or either of the two penalties.
According to Article 21 of Federal Decree-Law No. 5 of 2012 regarding combating cybercrime, the ways in which a person can violate the privacy of others include: intercepting, recording, wiretapping, transmitting, transmitting or disclosing conversations or communications, or audio or visual. Materials.
Officials emphasized that this also includes taking pictures of people without their consent or creating, transmitting, disclosing, copying or saving their photos.
Prosecutors said that under the same law, a one-year prison sentence and a fine ranging from 250,000 to 500,000 dirhams will be imposed on anyone who uses information and technology systems to alter or process a record, photo, or scene of the attack, or to humiliate another person.