Posting other people’s photos on social media networks like facebook, Snapchat or Twitter without permission from the original owner or model could land someone to jail for 6 months or pay for as much as half a million dirhams (dH500,000) or P6.5Millions ($138K) under the United Arab Emirates IT or Cybercrime law. According to report, a dubai police officer admitted that many social media users in the UAE are not aware of that law.
“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. This crime involves a jail term of six months and
a fine of Dh150,000-500,000. ($41K to $138K).
We need the public to know that this is a big crime in the UAE because some people do it for fun without knowing they will be prosecuted.”
– Major General Mohammed Al Shareef, Assistant Police Commander for Administration
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“They should control their children because letting them have their own social network account could make them easy prey to blackmail and other crime.”
– Mohammed Abdullah, Director, Decision Support Centre, Dubai Police.
UAE have had several cases of social media reported prosecution that involves even expats and foreigners.