The Law Respect Culture Bureau of the General Directorate of the Community Protection and Crime Prevention at the General Secretariat of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, recently organized an awareness-raising lecture under the theme “Legal Caveats for Users of Electronic Means.” The lecture benefited as many as 42 male and female staff members at the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, and took place at the Authority’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

Captain Hamdan Suhail Al Hafiti, from the Law Respect Culture Bureau, gave a general briefing about the laws and controls governing the use of the Internet. He pointed out that ignorance of the law is no excuse, and the law should be applied to all individuals with no exceptions.

He also explained the importance of internet nowadays and the extent to which its benefits are accessible in term of getting information, contributing in continuous communication and saving time and effort. He highlighted the most important pros and cons of the use of the internet which helped in transforming the world into a small village, warning young people at the same time against falling prey to individuals with malicious intentions.

“The legal problems arising from cyber-crimes are a result of ignorance of cyber-crimes law, which could lead to legal penalties. The law is intended to deter perpetrators and protect the privacy of individuals and their personal interests in order to preserve their security and safety,” he said.

Concluding, he confirmed that the Ministry of Interior exerts all possible efforts to counter cyber-crimes intensively and track down the perpetrators by using the most advanced and modern technological means. He also highlighted examples of the main cyber-crimes, such as identity theft or using identity cards of others, in addition to cyber fraud to which many people fall victim via text messages or online networking sites. He explained the financial penalties and fines enacted by UAE law in regards to this type of crimes.

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