Surfing dodgy websites in the UAE? You could go to jail!
Authorities in the UAE have warned that residents caught downloading and possessing porn face six months in jail and a fine of up to Dhs1million.
In a statement, Judicial Department said that security experts have the technology to detect when someone visits pornographic websites, whether they are in the UAE or not.
“The security authorities in Abu Dhabi will not tolerate such serious offences, especially those involving obscene films for children… authorities have the technology to detect all those involved in these crimes although they use software programmes allowing them to hack banned websites in the country,” said the statement. “Our experts have succeeded recently, in collaboration with international authorities, to identify and locate the whereabouts of six men involved in using and publishing obscene online films for children…they have been arrested for interrogation.”
Just last week a man was charged with possessing child porn on his laptop and mobile phone. Abu Dhabi Police said the culprit admitted to downloading the material, but told authorities that he wasn’t aware it was illegal. “These online offenders use software programmes allowing them access to banned websites in the country,” said judicial officials said in a statement. “Foreign websites are monitored by international authorities and offenders can be caught if they download illegal stuff like pornographic material.”