Dh250,000 fine for unauthorised government data

Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 31 October 2020: The UAE Public Prosecution has warned against accessing websites, electronic information systems, computer networks, or information technology means without authorisation to obtain government data, or confidential information relating to a financial, commercial or economic facility.

In a video clip posted Friday on its social media platforms, the Public Prosecution clarified the punishment of committing such actions, which are considered a cybercrime under the UAE Law.

According to Article 4 of the Federal Decree-Law No. 5 of 2012 on combating cybercrimes, offenders shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine of up to Dh250,000.

The punishment shall be imprisonment for a period of at least 5 years and a fine not less than Dh500,000 and not in excess of Dh2 million, if these data or information were deleted, omitted, deteriorated, destructed, disclosed, altered, copied, published or re-published.

The Public Prosecution highlighted the importance of the Federal Decree-Law No. 5 of 2012 on combating cybercrimes, emphasising its significant role in fighting new crimes that emerge along with the rapid technological developments. “Under this law, these crimes can be addressed in a constitutional and legal deterrent manner that minimises the negative impacts resulting from the misuse of modern technologies on the social and economic interests of the UAE and individuals,” it added.

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