UAE: Online Security Law Approved

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UAE: Online Security Law Approved

The UAE’s President has approved a new Online Security Law. It will cover the tackling of online harassment, bullying and fake news.

It is one of the first types of law in this area in the region and will come into force on 2 January 2022.

It addresses online false advertising or promotions, including unlicensed trading in crypto-currencies and medical products and supplements.

It also contains provisions on fake news and misleading information, using online tools, networks and platforms to broadcast, publish, republish, circulate or recirculate fake news. This includes false and misleading information, false reports purporting to originate from official sources or which falsely misrepresent official announcements.

It also gives courts powers to confiscate devices, software, content or other means used in the carrying out of a crime and allow this information to be deleted.

It aims to improve community protections from online crimes committed through networks and information technology platforms. It also aims to protect public sector websites and databases and tackle the spread of rumours and fake news.

In addition it aims to protect against electronic fraud and preserve individual privacy and rights.

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Benjamin Filaferro