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In Depth:  Cryptic Cybercrime Laws of the Emirates  - Do not assume compliance… Threats? Lustful Tex


Federal Decree-Law no. (5) of 2012 on Combating Cybercrimes has been in force since 2015. Buried amongst the provisions for countering hacking, acts of terrorism and other serious crimes are provisions that affect the daily lives of everyone in the UAE and anyone who plans to visit the UAE, even for a stopover.

Article 1 provides that electronic information means “information that may be stored, processed, generated and transmitted through information technology...”. This means that the Cybercrime Laws are applicable even in the event that electronic information is stored on a local computer or device. Such data could include by definition, anything at all. The laws are extra territorial in certain sections and so it does not matter from what country, these laws were breached.

The following information has been compiled to help people understand just how easy it is to breach these laws.

Article 9 - Virtual Private Network (VPN)

It is illegal to use a VPN for the “purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery”.