Emirati writer hails Presidential decree on combating cyber crimes

WAM Dubai, Nov 14th, 2012 (WAM) – A prominent Emirati writer hailed today, the new decree issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on combating cyber crimes in the UAE.

The Federal Legal decree No.5/2012 signed by the President on Monday introduced amendments to Federal Legal Decree No. 2 for 2006 on cyber crimes.

Articles of the new decree provide legal protection of privacy of all information published online, including all data, information and penalise those who perpetrate crimes in the cyber space causing intellectual, moral and social damages.

In an openion article published in the “Al-Bayan” Arabic newspaper, writer Maisa Rashid Ghadeer said it is important that every one reads and understands the provisions of the law.

It is important that the bloggers and users of social networks become aware of the provisions of the law as they will deter them from abusing the cyber space, she stressed.

The articles of the law clearly stipulate punishments and warn the promoters of sedition, hatred, racism, sectarianism or propagators of ideas harming national unity and social peace or disturbing public order, morals and ethics.

The writer opined that the law came in a timely manner and should not be misinterpreted as a means of curtailing freedom of expression.

“We have seen in the past, several incidents of excesses committed by individuals on the World Wide Web”, said the writer.

She cited Twitter as an example and said that what it claims as freedom of expression does not takes into consideration our social and cultural customs and heritage or respect our religious tenets.

Maisa explained that the freedom of expression does not give any one the right to insult others or use the cyber space for making incitement against them. Freedom of expression is not leading campaigns or undermining systems. It does not grant the right to damage the reputation of any State or any of its institutions; she emphasised.

She said: We do not care if the developed countries promulgate a similar law against cyber crimes or not, as what works for their communities may not fit us and vice versa. What is more important for us is to keep our society stable and safe, away from frivolous, ignorant and abusive use of technology.