HH Sheikh Khalifa issues decree on cyber crime

Articles cover wide range of online behaviour

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HH Sheikh Khalifa issues decree on cyber crime Penalties under Decree 5/2012 range from temporary or permanent closure of offending sites to seizure of hardware and software.
By  Stephen McBride Published  November 13, 2012

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has issued Federal Legal Decree No 5 for 2012 on combating cyber crimes. The new decree includes amendments to Federal Legal Decree No 2 for 2006 on cyber crimes.

Articles within the decree cover a host of online activity and generated information including legal protections for privacy in regard to information that is published online, whether it be personal or transactional. The decree also formally criminalises forgery of such information and the use of online data for the purposes of coercion or extortion.

Punishments are decreed for any person using ICT means to survey any aspect of another’s private life including the capture of images or audio and the distribution or publishing of such material. There is also mention of using such publishing for the purposes of human trafficking or illegal trade in organs, firearms, ammunition or explosives.

Also outlawed is the electronic publishing of any programmes or ideas likely to promote disorder, hate, racism or sectarianism and damage national unity or social peace or damage public order and pubic decency.

Any site that publishes or promotes gambling, pornography, prostitution or drug trafficking is rendered criminal by the decree as is any site that insults others or accuses others of acts that would lead to punishment or contempt by a third party.

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