UAE toughens penalties for 'cybercrime'
Penalties for publishing and sharing prohibited information increased to up to 25 years in jail
The UAE has announced tougher penalties for ‘cybercrime'.
The amendments to the UAE Cybercrimes law now allow for penalties of up to 25 years in jail and AED 4 million ($1.08m) fines for crimes related to publishing information against the state.
The amendments, which have been passed as Emiri Decree No. 02 of 2018, have increased the penalties for setting up or running a website that incites hate, or publishing information that incites hate to up to five years in jail and a fine of AED 500,000 to one million. First time offenders may receive ‘electronic probation and monitoring', and be prevented from using IT for the same time period instead.
Publishing or electronically transmitting information, news or cartoon drawings or any other pictures which may endanger the national security and the higher interests of the State or afflicts its public order, or attacks on any member of the judicial courts system, is punishable by ‘temporary imprisonment' and a fine of up to one million dirhams.
Publishing information for the use of terrorist groups, recruiting for the same or sharing data on manufacturing explosives or other devices used in terrorism carries a sentence of between 10 and 25 years, and a fine of AED 2m to AED 4m.