MON 18 - 2 - 2019
Apr 3, 2018
The Daily Star
Saudi Arabia outlaws spying on spouse's phone
Agence France Presse
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia Monday announced "spying" on your spouse's phone is now a criminal offence potentially punishable by a hefty fine - and a year in jail.
"Married individuals planning to spy on their spouse in Saudi Arabia will need to think twice, because such an activity could potentially attract a fine of $133,000, along with a prison term for a year," an English-language statement released by Saudi Arabia's information ministry read.
The provision, part of a new anti-cybercrime law which came into force last week, is meant to "protect morals of individuals and society and protect privacy," the ministry said.
The move comes amid a "steady increase in cybercrimes such as blackmail, embezzlement and defamation," the statement said.
The ultra-conservative kingdom is among the world's top per capita users of cellphone apps and social media.
More than half of Saudi Arabia's citizens are under 25, many of whom spend much of their time on mobile platforms, away from official strictures and traditions.
Saudi Arabia has launched a string of highly-publicized policy changes since the rise of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud to power last year.
The country will allow women to drive as of June and has lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas.
Saudi Arabia's legislation on cybercrime has drawn harsh criticism from international rights groups in the past.
Dozens of Saudi citizens have been convicted on charges linked to dissent under a previous sweeping law, particularly linked to posts on Twitter.
Last September, authorities issued a public call for citizens to report on the social media activities of their fellow citizens, under a broad definition of "terrorist" crimes.
It directed suspicious activity be reported via the government-run "We are all security" app.
Readers Comments (0)
Add your comment
Enter the security code below
Can't read this?
Turkey expects US to put its weight behind Khashoggi investigation
Trump may skip deadline for report on Khashoggi's murder
U.S. renews push to punish Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi
Saudis launch office to keep up corruption fight after crackdown
British lawmakers say highest Saudi authorities may be responsible for activists' torture
MBS and May: Partnerships, policy and progress
Crown prince performs shock therapy on Saudi Arabia
A door opens in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Saudi political explosions risk collateral damage
Can young prince refashion Saudi Arabia?
Copyright 2019 . All rights reserved