The “rumor law” criminalizes wiretapping and “social media”

Imprisonment and a fine of up to 500,000 dirhams, the penalty for wiretapping

  • Youssef Al-Sharif: "The phenomenon of wiretapping has developed in several countries, and spread to social networking sites."

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Legal Adviser Dr. Youssef Al-Sharif warned the curious against eavesdropping on others, whether phone calls or social media programs, and publishing and disclosing people's secrets and privacy, explaining that the rumor law tightened the penalty for this crime, with imprisonment and a fine of up to half a million dirhams.

Al-Sharif said, in daily episodes broadcast by "Emirates Today" to shed light on the newly issued laws, including the rumors law, that wiretapping the calls of others is a crime punishable by law, noting that intruders in the past, and during the period of landlines, were eavesdropping and spying on Others' calls, due to overlapping lines, or through certain devices or code, and this issue has been repeated in the stage of mobile phones, especially in countries that do not have strong communications networks.

Al-Sharif explained that the legislator decided, in the penalty of such objectors, in Article (12) of the Rumors Law, “that whoever obstructs or obstructs access to An information network, website, electronic information system or any electronic communication, information or data.

If the offender discloses or leaks this information, data or the content of the communication that he obtained through the objection, the penalty shall be imprisonment for a period of no less than one year, and a fine not exceeding one million dirhams, even if this objection is against a state institution, the legislator decided in item (3) (12) The penalty is temporary imprisonment.

Al-Sharif called for caution against committing these practices that are punishable by law, as well as educating children about these behaviors and falling into prohibited matters.

If the offender discloses or leaks this information, data or the content of the communication that he obtained through the objection, the penalty shall be imprisonment for a period of no less than one year, and a fine not exceeding one million dirhams, even if this objection is against a state institution, the legislator decided in item (3) (12) The penalty is temporary imprisonment.

Al-Sharif called for caution against committing these practices that are punishable by law, as well as educating children about these behaviors and falling into prohibited matters.

If the offender discloses or leaks this information, data or the content of the communication that he obtained through the objection, the penalty shall be imprisonment for a period of no less than one year, and a fine not exceeding one million dirhams, even if this objection is against a state institution, the legislator decided in item (3) (12) The penalty is temporary imprisonment.

Al-Sharif called for caution against committing these practices that are punishable by law, as well as educating children about these behaviors and falling into prohibited matters.

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