Facebook users risk jail or fine for uploading images - UAE official

UAE law stipulates that infringing someone else’s privacy could be punished by a minimum prison sentence of six months and/or a fine of up to $136,132
Facebook users risk jail or fine for uploading images - UAE official
(Bloomberg)
By Staff writer
Mon 04 Nov 2013 10:13 AM

Facebook users who upload images or videos of people to the social network without their permission face a minimum prison sentence of six months and/or a fine of up to AED500,000 ($136,132), a UAE senior government official has warned.

Lt Col Salah Al Ghoul, head of the bureau for law respect at the Ministry of Interior, reiterated that the law was clear on posting images or videos of people without their consent and it is a crime to someone’s privacy is infringed.

“Article 24 of the cybercrimes law stipulates that anyone who uses an information network to infringe upon someone else’s privacy shall be punished by a minimum prison sentence of six months and/or a fine of between Dh150,000 and Dh500,000,” Lt Col Al Ghoul was quoted as saying by Arabic-language newspaper Al Ittihad.

In July, Dubai police said it was considering changes the law to allow the public to film crimes they believe are taking place.

The move came after the arrest of a 22 year old Indian who filmed an senior UAE official attacking an Indian van driver following a driving incident.

The 22 year old – who then uploaded the video on Youtube – has since been arrested on charges of defamation.

Under UAE law, the Emirati who assaulted the Indian van driver faces up to a year in jail or a maximum of fine of up to AED10,000 for minor assault, while the Indian motorist who filmed and uploaded the video faces a maximum of two years in jail or a fine of up to AED20,000 if convicted of filming without permission or defamation.

Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Acting Chief of Dubai Police told Gulf News that Dubai Police is studying a suggestion which will allow people to send in photos and video clips of those who breaking traffic rules or committing any wrongdoing on main roads that may affect public safety.

However, he added they are not allowed to put the videos on the web to defame others.

“We are working on implementing this suggestions as per the directions of Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police,” said Major General Al Mazeina.

He said this step is in line with Dubai Police’s keenness to cooperate and communicate with the public on all levels.

Major General Al Mazeina said authorised expatriate and Emiratis will be allowed to take such videos and send them to the Dubai Police operation room.

“People will not be allowed to publish such kind of videos or pictures in any means of media other than sending them to the police operation room, which will allow police to take the required action against the offenders,” he said.

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