A court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sentenced a woman to three months in prison after her husban sued her for looking through his phone without permission.
The woman underwent a trial after her husband filed a lawsuit against her, accusing her of violating his privacy.
In his report against her, the man said his wife went through his phone and copied all the information on it to another device in order to search through them later on.
The UAE’s cybercrime laws are strict, especially when it comes to protecting the privacy of individuals online.
Speaking to Emarat Al Youm, lawyers Raed Al Awlaki and Mohammad Jad Al Mawla explained that under the country’s laws, it’s illegal to go through a person’s phone without their permission.
For married couples, the illegality of searching through a phone or computer stands regardless of whether a partner believes they are being cheated on.
It’s also considered a violation of an adult’s personal online privacy if any of their information is pried on by a spouse, parent, friend, relative, or colleague.