A person browsing through the phone of her husband or his wife could land in jail and pay hefty fines, under a new law in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which intends to ‘protect morals of individuals and society and protect privacy’ and in a larger perspective, ‘strengthen information security and preserve the rights of internet users’.
A statement released by the Kingdom’s Information Ministry says that married individuals should think twice if they are planning to spy on their spouse’s using their mobile phone.
The new law called as Anti-Cybercrime Law imposes a penalty of up to 500,000 Saudi Riyals ($133,000), one-year jail time, or both, to anyone caught spying, intercepting or receiving data from an information network or a computer, without due authorization.
It also punishes unlawful access to computers with the intention of threatening or blackmailing a person into taking action or refrain him from doing so.
The said law is the response of the Muslim Kingdom to the growing number of cyber crimes in the country such as blackmail, embezzlement, and defamation.
With more than half of its population under the age of 25, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s top users of mobile phone applications and the social media.
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