When utilised properly, the Internet can be a powerful platform. To safeguard user security and shield them from dangerous websites, it is controlled in the UAE. The relevant authorities keep an eye on internet content to make sure it adheres to the nation’s moral, ethical, and religious standards.The UAE’s digital infrastructure is so robust that it has the fastest mobile Internet in the world. Its residents spend more than eight-and-a-half hours online every day. There are all kinds of websites on the World Wide Web, but not all of them can be accessed in the UAE.
The Internet Access Management (IAM) Regulatory Policy is put into effect by the UAE’s Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA).
Etisalat and Du are obligated to prohibit internet content that is in violation of current cyber laws upon request from the TDRA. 883 websites were prohibited in the first quarter of this year, according to government figures. Nearly half (435) of these contained material connected to pornography. A total of 377 websites (43%) were prohibited due to phishing and fraud bids.
The TDRA defines forbidden content as material that violates “public interest, public morality, public order, public and national security or Islam” or is offensive to any of those things.
In the United Arab Emirates, there are various types of illegal content, including:
- Websites that are used to access content that has been censored include virtual private networks (VPNs) and proxy services.
- Pornography, nudity and vice
- fraud and phishing
- Defamation, slander, and insult
- Invasion of privacy
- Offenses against the UAE and public order
- Supporting criminal activities and skills: Content that incites, calls for, encourages, or offers guidance on how to do illegal or felonious acts.
- Pharmaceutical and medical procedures that are against the law: This includes material used to advertise or trade prescription-free medications.
- Violating the rights of intellectual property
- Rejection of religion, prejudice, and discrimination
- Malicious software and viruses
- Promoting or dealing in goods and services that are illegal
- Services of illegal communication
- Unlawful conduct