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As per the new Cyber Law using VPN in UAE can cost you upto $545,000

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Written by Varun Nathani

V.P.N. (Virtual Private Network) is a service which allows you to access restricted websites in your region, as well as used for privacy and security reasons. And in recent years, the use of VPN’s has increased as due to availability of free applications for desktop and mobiles. Some of the major usage were for accessing blocked websites, services like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp in the restricted countries like China, U.A.E., Turkey, Pakistan and more.

Now there is a bad news for people using VPN in U.A.E. As per the new law in the country, using VPN for your WhatsApp calling, IMO, Skype etc may land you in prison and burn a deep hole in your pockets or rather burn your wallets completely.

Last week, UAE President His Highness “Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan” issued a new federal law that bans the use of VPNs for any sort of digital crime, which includes obscuring your IP address and accessing blocked services. The new law now allows police in the UAE to go after anyone who uses VPNs to access blocked services, which is considered to be fraudulent use of an IP address.

Whoever uses a fraudulent computer network protocol address (IP address) by using a false address or a third-party address by any other means for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery, shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine of no less than Dh500,000 ($136,000) and not exceeding Dh2,000,000 ($545,000), or either of these two penalties.

 

VPN’s are used by expats to connect with their family back home via WhatsApp calling, Skype etc. Some people also bring the bad use of available technologies like accessing porn/restricted websites like Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, hacking or performing a cyber crime.

So our best advice will be, uninstall your VPN if you are using any and look for alternate solutions. And if you are concerned over making International calls, for time being you can opt for Etisalat landline plan for AED 150 where you can make 2000 mins of International calling.

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