A teacher in Abu Dhabi recently lost his job as a result of complaints from children and parents about his inappropriate online behavior. Cyber law in UAE is more active nowadays.
The teacher lost his job at both the Abu Dhabi Family and Civil Administrative Claims Court and the appeals court after suing the school for Dh501,000 in damages. This incident was only one of many when UAE citizens got into problems because of inappropriate social media behavior.
Another situation revealing the active cyber law in UAE involved a plaintiff who suffered moral harm after an Arab man cursed him on WhatsApp. The Ras Al Khaimah Civil Court ordered the defendant to pay the plaintiff Dh5,000 as compensation. In a WhatsApp voice message, the complainant claimed that the defendant insulted him and his wife by using foul language.
In addition to enforcing tough cybercrime legislation and combating fake news and bigotry, the UAE is quite strict about social media misconduct and actions that invade other people’s privacy. Special concerns are shown by the authorities to further make the cyber law active and held the abusers accountable for each and every action.
According to UAE legislation, publishing images, videos, or comments that violate another person’s private or personal life is a serious offense punishable by a minimum six-month prison sentence and fines between Dh150,000 and Dh500,000.
Avoid posting anything abusive or derogatory that disparages Islam or any other recognized faith. According to Article 37 of the UAE Cybercrime Law, such offenses are punishable by up to seven years in prison and fines between Dh250,000 and Dh1 million.
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