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Fines, imprisonment for invasion of privacy

Photographers who invade someone’s privacy by unknowingly taking or photographing them without their consent can face heavy penalties including imprisonment for three years or a fine of up to KD3,000. There is a possibility.

The Home Office’s Anti-Cybercrime Division has issued a warning against taking pictures without the knowledge or consent of others or electronically distributing pictures or videos of people with the intention of harming an individual. Punishment and punishment for those who deliberately abuse or slander others.

Lawyer Muhammad Dar Al-Otaibi explained the law, saying that taking or distributing photos or videos of individuals without their knowledge or consent is a punishable offense. He added that the law is all the more important given the current trend of photographing individuals and events and uploading them to the internet.

However, he has documented, for example, a car accident in which a driver attempts to flee the scene, or an attempt to rob or attack another person, and provides the filmed material to the relevant authorities to assist those who do so. decided that the law did not apply to They arrest criminals. This also applies to those who film others without their consent to protect themselves legally or to absolve themselves of responsibility for an incident. Provided they found no other way to present their side of the story to the legal authorities. In this case, it is up to the judge hearing the case to determine whether the matter is intended to defame or offend another person.

Al-Otaibi also noted that Clause (C) of Article 70 of Law No. 37 of 2014 states: If you shoot a video clip of him without his knowledge or consent, exploit the features of these devices to extract images without permission, or create images that violate public order and morals of others, you will be sentenced to life imprisonment. be punished. Exceeding two years, a fine of $5000 or less, or $500 or less, or any of these he two penalties.
Another legal expert, on the other hand, said that when people are photographed without criminal intent or knowledge, whether public or private, the decision is in the hands of prosecutors, convicts, and criminals. I explained. court. The verdict shall also be determined by investigating the circumstances and questioning the offender.

“In order to avoid suspicion of a crime, it is advisable to film or film a person with a camera or mobile phone, broadcast them through various social media channels, and avoid investigation by prosecutors and authorities involved in the investigation. It’s best to avoid it. You’ll be the subject of lawsuits,” another lawyer said.

The following penalties apply to those who commit any of the above crimes, which are considered misdemeanors or felonies.

  • A misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years and a fine not exceeding KD2,000, or either of these two penalties, and confiscation of equipment or other equipment used in committing the crime.
  • Sending the image to others, distributing it in any way, or posting it on the internet or social networking sites is a felony.
  • A felony is punishable by imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years, a fine not exceeding KD5,000, and confiscation of any equipment or other material used to commit the offense.

The foregoing acts are also punishable when related to other forms of misconduct, such as threats and extortion, violation of humility, distressing symptoms, and incitement to immorality.

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