Heavy fine for filming children without parent consent in UAE

Children play with Modhesh, the cartoon character, in Dubai, on Aug. 24, 2001. (File photo: AP)

Breaching privacy of children without parents’ consent will now be treated as major offence in the UAE, a news report has revealed.

According to the Khaleej Times report, those caught filming children in public areas without the parents’ permission can face a fine of no less than AED 150,000 and up to AED 500,000. Violators will also face a jail term of no less than six months.

The report says that the law stipulates these penalties for actions, including “filming persons, taking photos, recording audio, recording phone calls, then distributing them or copying them or exposing them or keeping the content, even if it was true”.

Such acts can render persons liable under the Federal Law No. 5/2012 on combating information technology crimes, the report said, adding that this would be considered a breach of the children’s privacy, no matter how harmless the intent of the person may appear.

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