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Snooping On Your Spouse’s Phone Is Now A Criminal Offence In Saudi Arabia


Spying on your spouse’s phone in Saudi Arabia now carries a hefty fine and up to a year in prison, under a new law that aims to “protect morals of individuals and society and protect privacy”.

The punishment will apply to both men and women in the kingdom, according to a statement late on Monday by the ministry of culture.

Called the Anti-Cybercrime Law, the measure makes “spying on, interception or reception of data transmitted through an information network or a computer without legitimate authorisation” a crime. It imposes a penalty up to 500,000 Saudi riyal ($133,000), prison or both that is approximately 47 million in Naira

“Social media has resulted in a steady increase in cybercrimes such as blackmail, embezzlement and defamation, not to mention hacking of accounts”, the ministry said.

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