Participants at the Ministry of Interior’s council, hosted by Saeed Mohammed Khalaf Al Rumaithi in his residence in Al Ain, called for the need to raise awareness of different segments and age groups of the community on cybercrimes. The council comes as part of the awareness councils organized by the Law Respect Culture Bureau, in cooperation with the Security Media Department of the General Directorate for Security Support at the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

During the council held under the title “Privacy Violations via Social Media,” participants also called upon parents to supervise their children while using the Internet, in addition to strengthening the sense of security among community members by promoting the culture of reporting different forms of crimes.

In his address at the council, Colonel Dr. Jasim Al Antali, Professor of Criminal Law at the Police College explained that the wise leadership at the United Arab Emirates strives to provide a decent living for citizens and residents alike. He added that the UAE has become a role model to be emulated by many countries around the world in attracting the latest communication techniques and electronic services via the internet which made the world a small village. He also highlighted the need to be wary of the risks and negative aspects of the misuse of the internet.

“The positive use of information technology caters to the needs of the public of different social segments and age groups in the various government departments and agencies. The negative use represents e-crimes such as online fraud and extortion, which may be detrimental to individuals and constitutes a violation of their privacy through social networking sites,” said Al Antali. He also called upon parents to supervise their children while using social networking sites in particular and the internet in general in order to protect these young and immature children against online exploitation and abuse by individuals with malicious intentions.

The participants also highlighted the extreme and bad weather conditions witnessed recently in the UAE which led to the spread of a number of false rumors on social media. Participants in the council warned against spreading rumors via social networking sites, and confirmed that such behavior is an offence punishable by the law.

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