New cybercrimes law: Detention, up to Dh1 million fine for sharing confidential work information

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25 Mar, 2022

As published in Gulf News
Zainab Husain, Staff Writer

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Dubai: If you are employed in the UAE and have access to information which is confidential, sharing it with others, when you are not authorised to do so can land you in serious legal trouble.

The UAE Public Prosecution informed users of Article 45 of the New Cybercrimes Law – Federal Decree Law No. 34 of 2021 – which stipulates the penalty for divulging confidential information within the course of employment.

According to the law, the penalty for sharing confidential information during the course of employment is a jail sentence of six months or a fine ranging from Dh200,000 to Dh1 million, according to the new cybercrime law. The crime will be considered an aggravating circumstance if the action was taken for personal benefit or for the benefit of another person, according to the Article.

The post was shared by UAE Public Prosecution on its official social media channels on Thursday, March 24.