Dubai beach goers who break privacy law could face a fine or even jail time and deportation, say police
Dubai Police have issued a warning to beach goers looking to capture that perfect Instagram moment.
In a social media posting on Twitter, the authority said: “Kindly respect the privacy of others & note that filming or taking photos of others without their consent is punishable by law.”
Last year, almost 290 offences were recorded related to people photos of women without their consent at Dubai’s beaches.
Those found guilty of breaking the law can be hit with a substantial fine, while in some cases, they can face jail and deportation.
In a report in Gulf News, Lieutenant Abdul Razaq, is quoted as saying: “The best thing to do is to ask. If you have a doubt, ask. So many people are involved in cases in which they didn’t know that what they were doing was a crime. Taking pictures of people and putting them online is a privacy issue. You have to protect a person’s privacy.”