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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance
Briefings

Briefings

The right to privacy online in the UAE – To post or not to post?

2 February 2016

Every second in today's connected world there will be over 10,000 tweets on Twitter, nearly 3,000 Instagram photos posted and over 50,000 Google searches made. The internet and social media are an inevitable part of the world we now live in.

The explosion of online activity in the last decade has led to UAE legislators introducing new laws to directly protect online privacy and prevent older legislation being invoked in ways entirely unanticipated by the original lawmakers. Despite this reform, the UAE has witnessed a very public struggle unfold between the right to freedom of speech and the right to privacy which is only fuelled by the diversity of the society we live in.

In this briefing, we explore the UAE laws on the topic and consider the impact of those laws on life on social media.

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