New UAE law: tough stance on harassment, fake news and online harassment – news

Laws give courts the power to confiscate devices, software, content or other means used in the prosecution of a crime

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Posted: Sat, Nov 27, 2021, 4:28 PM

Last update: Sat, Nov 27, 2021, 4:50 PM

New laws addressing cybercrime and combating online harassment, bullying and fake news will come into force on January 2, 2022, the government’s Media Office said on Saturday.

It is one of the first comprehensive legal frameworks in the region to address concerns raised by online technologies and their applications and abuses.

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, endorsed a comprehensive reform of the country’s legal system, which aims to enhance economic, investment and trade opportunities.

More than 40 laws are included in the changes, which together represent the largest legal reform in the country’s 50-year history.


The Cybercrime Law aims to strengthen the protection of the community against online crimes committed through the use of computer networks and platforms.

The laws hope to better protect public sector websites and databases and combat the spread of rumors and “fake news” by protecting against electronic fraud and preserving privacy and personal rights.

  • The new law addresses false advertising or online promotions, including unlicensed trading in cryptocurrencies and medical products and supplements.
  • The law contains provisions relating to fake news and misleading information, using online tools, networks and platforms to disseminate, publish, repost, circulate or recirculate false news, including false and misleading information, of false reports claiming to be from official sources or which falsely misrepresent official announcements.
  • The law gives the courts the power to confiscate any device, software, content or other means used in the prosecution of a crime, in addition to the deletion of this information.

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