UAE gets even tougher on cybercrime

UAE – The strengthening of the UAE Cybercrimes Law, with jail terms of up to 25 years and fines up to Dh4 million, is a big step in the fight to combat criminals supporting terrorist groups and unauthorised entities, according to a report in Gulf News.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued Emiri decree No 2 of 2018, amending the UAE Cybercrimes Law, last week. According to the decree, Article numbers 26, 28 and 42 of federal decree-law No 5 of 2012 on combating cybercrimes will be replaced with updated provisions. These new provisions include imprisonment between 10 and 25 years and a fine between Dh2 million and Dh4 million for anyone found associated with or propagating information for the interest of terrorist groups or unauthorised associations.

The stringent amendments will not only help make the UAE society an even safer place to live in, but also significantly augment the national security apparatus in combating the destructive ideologies of hatred that seek a clandestine foothold in the country. Cybercriminals managed to extort nearly Dh4 billion from consumers in the UAE in 2017, according to the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, and 52 per cent of the UAE respondents surveyed in the report said they experienced cybercrime.