Posting Photos of Others Without Permission Could Lead to Fines, Jail Time

People who are addicted to social media such as posting photos of others without prior permission could be jailed and fined of up to AED 500,000 under the information technology laws of the United Arab Emirates, Emirates247 reports.

A senior Dubai police offider said many social media users are not aware such laws exist.

“Some people do not know that if they photograph a person and post the picture on social networks or other electronic devices, it becomes a punishable crime according to the UAE law,” Major General Mohammed Al Shareef, Assistant Police Commander for Administration said, after launching a social media awareness campaign. He said the crime carries punishment of jail term of six months and a fine between AED 150,000 and AED 500,000.

He added that the public needs to know such act is a big crime in the UAE because some people do it for fun without knowing they will be prosecuted.

On the other hand, Mohammed Abdullah, Director, Decision Support Centre, Dubai Police said parents are warned against their children owning a social media account as they could fall victims to blackmail and other threats online.