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Abu Dhabi: Man ordered to pay Dh15,000 for sharing photos of strangers on TikTok, Snapchat – News


Two complainants were horrified when they saw their picture in a video posted on the social media platform

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published: Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 9:23 am

Last updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 9:28 am

A man in Abu Dhabi has been ordered to pay Dh15,000 to two people for sharing their pictures on social media without their consent. The decision was issued by the Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal, which upheld the judgment issued earlier by the Abu Dhabi Court of Family, Civil and Administrative Cases.

The man was found to have included pictures of the two strangers in a video he shared on TikTok and Snapchat.

After seeing their photos, the pair sued the netizen for Dh51,000 as moral damages for privacy breach.

The Abu Dhabi Family and Civil and Administrative Cases Court ruled in favor of the complainant, but said the payment was lower. The appeals court upheld the ruling.

In the UAE, it is a crime to take unauthorized photos of people – whether in public or private – as is to reproduce, save or share them on social media. Violators may be sentenced to at least six months’ imprisonment and/or a fine of Dh150,000 to Dh500,000.

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