Khalifa issues Federal Legal Decree No. 5 for 2012 on combating cyber crimes

WAM ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Federal Legal Decree No. 5 for 2012 on combating cyber crimes. The new decree includes 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, credit card numbers, bank account numbers and details as well as all online and electronic payment methods. The decree protects privacy of information from any use whatsoever by electronic or IT means to forge or produce duplicates of credit cards or civil cards.

The new decree stipulates punishments on any individual for using any kind of information technology to extort or to threaten others online to force them to engage in, or, for that matter to prevent them from engaging in, a certain act.

The decree criminalizes activities by any person who creates or runs any electronic site to send, transmit, publish or promote online any pornographic material, gambling activities and any other indecent acts. It also imposes punishment on any person for attempting to, and for helping others to, seduce others and solicit prostitution and to urge, induce or entice another person to engage in an act of prostitution. It also criminalizes acts by any one to insult others or to accuse others of acts which would lead to punishment or contempt by a third party, online or through any other information technology means.