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UAE: severe punishment for tracking the geographical locations of others
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Counselor Dr. Youssef Al-Sharif warned users of social media applications against penetrating their private data by tracking the geographical location of devices

Counselor Dr. Youssef Al-Sharif warned users of social media applications against penetrating their private data by tracking the geographical location of devices, noting that the Cybercrime and Rumors Law tightened the penalty for tracking or monitoring the geographical location data of others with a fine of up to 500,000 dirhams.

He pointed out that many individuals may share with others the geolocation feature, to determine their locations and ease of access to them, but some may fall victim to extortion or exploitation by "hackers" through this feature that enables them to know their movements and personal data.

Al-Sharif said, in video episodes broadcast by "Emirates Today" on its platforms to shed light on the newly issued laws, that some can give permission to use the geographical location of their device, using simple elements, that allow them to activate or stop the permission, and thus can be easily accessed.

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