Dh2m fine for misusing social media and internet

By Lolyana Zaki

Maximum fine of Dh 2 million

DUBAI 25 October 2017: Dubai Prosecution organized an awareness campaign under the slogan: “To communicate positively” aiming at increasing public awareness about electronic crimes and the regulating laws.

The amendments of Law No. 5 of 2012 concerning electronic crimes, has stiffened penalties and described illegalities as ‘felony’ instead of misdemeanour.

The maximum fine has also been increased from Dh500,000 to Dh2 million.

The campaign, which is organized at Mirdif City Centre, seeks that the public would enjoy positive electronic communication and avoid them falling under criminal liability and accountability.


The campaign sheds light at Electronic Crimes Law No. 5 of 2012 and its amendments, illegalities and missus of the service aimed at reducing this type of crimes.

Parents are asked to direct their offspring to communicate over the internet in an effective and positive way reflecting a civilized image and enhancing joint humanitarian values based on tolerance, equality, giving and peaceful living.

As well public prosecutors, participants in the campaign will educate youth and their parents about things they should not do when using social media and web to protect them from hacking and blackmail.


Misuse of Social Media Exposes You to Legal Accountability

You should know that the law concerned with looking into criminal acts varies according to the means of committing the offence, i.e. all the acts occurring through Information Technology or Website or one of the Information Technology means fall under the domain of special criminalization stipulated in the Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 on Combatting Cybercrimes.

  • Beware that your access to any system or website without authorization or in excess of authorization or unlawfully remains therein, shall expose you to criminal liability.
  • Remember that using expressions carrying in its content an abuse or defamation or threat or blackmailing during your communication through social media programs shall expose you to criminal liability.
  • Note that publishing any picture or recording or disclosing any materials; audio or video without the consent of the concerned person, invading the privacy of another person shall expose you to legal accountability.
  • Make sure not to use any credit card or electronic ones not belonging to you without obtaining the consent of the cardholder, as this will expose you to legal accountability.
  • Stay away from publishing any information that is intended to promote or recruit for any programs or ideas that would fuel sedition or hatred or racism or sectarianism or prejudicing the national unity or social peace, as this will expose you to criminal liability.