Developments in the UAE Cyber Crimes Law

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In this article, Al Tamimi outlines Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 concerning the combating of information technology crimes. Better known as the Cyber Crimes Law 2012, the law — which came into effect in December 2012 — replaces the earlier Cyber Crimes Law 2006.

The Cyber Crimes Law 2012 provides for a range of new offences, including offences intended to address the UAE‟s obligations pursuant to international treaties. Additionally, the Cyber Crimes Law sets out significantly higher penalties than those found in the 2006 law.

The general themes of the provisions of the Cyber Crimes Law can be broadly categorised as follows:

  • IT security
  • State security and political stability
  • Morality and proper conduct
  • Financial and commercial issues
  • “Miscellaneous”

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