Violating privacy of individuals through photos, news could lead to jail term in Oman

Offense is punishable by imprisonment and or fine

  
Close up of hacker hand work on laptop. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Close up of hacker hand work on laptop. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Muscat: Imprisonment of up to 3 years and/or a fine of OMR 5,000 will be imposed on anyone using the internet or means of information technology to invade the private or familial life of individuals by taking photos or publishing news or audio-visual records.

A statement issued online by Public Prosecution said: "Using the internet or means of information technology such as cell phones with a built-in camera to invade the private or familial life of individuals by taking photos or publishing news or audiovisual records in connection to that even if they are true or by insulting and slandering others is an offense punishable by imprisonment for a period that extends to three years and a fine that ranges to OMR 5,000 or by either one of these two sentences."

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