Abu Dhabi detains man for posting video of sleeping family

Accused posted footage on Instagram without permission

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Abu Dhabi detains man for posting video of sleeping family
By  Stephen McBride Published  June 25, 2014

Abu Dhabi authorities have detained an Arab man accused of taking video footage of a sleeping family without permission, UAE daily Gulf News reported.

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The incident reportedly occurred while the parties were on a boat trip together. The accused took a 15-second video of the family without their consent and posted it on Facebook-owned media-sharing service Instagram.

The accused, who does not contest the allegations, subsequently removed the offending footage and told prosecutors he had posted the video as a joke and had not believed the complainant would be sufficiently upset to press charges.

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According to legal experts contacted by ITP.net, under UAE law, taking photos or video without the permission of the subjects and publishing the material is an offence under privacy provisions. Ignorance of the law does not constitute a defence in such cases.

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