Saudi Arabia has announced that spying on the mobile phone of one's spouse will be treated as a criminal offense.

According to a wide-ranging cyber crime law approved recently, the punishment ranges from imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or a fine of not more than SR500,000, or both penalties, in case a husband or wife was caught spying on their partner's phone.

"Married individuals planning to spy on their spouse will need to think twice because such an activity could potentially attract a fine of SR500,000 along with imprisonment for one year," said a statement released by the Saudi Center for International Communications, which was established by the Ministry of Culture and Information in August 2017 to facilitate relationships with global media. The center serves as a central source of information on Saudi Arabia