Nov 122015
 
 November 12, 2015  Breaches, Laws, Non-U.S.

The Saudi Gazette reports that the use of smartphones to record has led to an unwanted upsurge in videos and recordings being uploaded that can harm someone’s reputation or that invades their privacy. The government is trying to address it:

… In 2014, the number of videos being uploaded on social media websites increased by 200 percent and viewership rates by more than 260 percent.

To fight the trend of uploading reputation-damaging videos, the Ministry of Interior issued directives that were in line with Article 6 of the Cybercrime Law, which stipulates that a person who uploads such a video on a public forum faces a 5-year prison sentence or a fine of up to SR30,000 or both. As the result of the directives, many victims have stepped forward and filed claims against those who tainted their reputation. Confusion, however, remains about the law and what type of videos can be considered to be image-damaging.

If I’m converting correctly, that’s about an $8,000.00 fine.

Read more on The Saudi Gazette about their privacy and cybercrime law’s provisions.

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