Using A VPN Could Land You With Fines Between Dh500,000-Dh2,000,000

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There was a new law passed by Sheikh Khalifa last week to prevent the use of VPN's in the UAE. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, they can be added to redirect your IP address to another country, therefore, by passing the blocked services in the UAE. VPN's are reportedly widespread in the UAE to use services like VOIP or access content that isn't available in the UAE. So, next time you go to use a VPN to download Pokemon Go, think twice!

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan


Federal Law No. 12/2016  combating information technology crimes, Article 1:

'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 and not exceeding Dh2,000,000, or either of these two penalties.'

Google Searches In The UAE for VPN's have doubled to over 90,000 a month in the last two years

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