New law combating information technology crimes

Last month the President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 (New Cyber Crime Law) a comprehensive piece of legislation on combating cyber crimes. The New Cyber Crime Law protects the privacy of information published online including data, information, credit card numbers, bank account statements and details of electronic payment methods. It further expands the definition of conduct violating the privacy of others by criminalizing eavesdropping, transmitting and disclosing communications (including audio and visual material); taking photographs of others and copying, saving or publishing them; and publishing news, comments, statements and information even if they are authentic.

The New Cyber Crime Law, most notably, creates additional categories of offenses addressing the increase in the incidence of cyber crime in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Highlighted below are the most notable provisions of the New Cyber Crime Law…

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