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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sharjah, N.Emirates to Get Cyber Crime Court

A federal court to deal with cyber crime cases in Sharjah and the Northern Emirates will soon be established in Sharjah, according to the Minister of Justice.

Dr Hadif bin Jowan Al Dhaheri, speaking on the sidelines of the third International Cyber Crimes Conference in the Capital on Tuesday, also said UAE’s Cyber Law will be amended to match the sophistication of online crimes that are being committed everyday.  “The law governing cyber crime needs to be updated in order to match the progress in cyber technology,” Dr Al Dhaheri said.

The cyber crime court in Sharjah will follow similar courts already established in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

“We are also working now to establish a special court related to cyber crime similar to that which deals with labour matters,” Dr Al Dhaheri said.

Major General Ahmed Nassir Alraisi, general director of Central Operations at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, the estimated loss of reported cyber crime cases in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is between $550-735 million per annum.

Abdul Aleem Sayed, chief information security architect at the Abu Dhabi Police stated that it is the responsibility of the organisations that handle sensitive client information to protect them.  Sayed said that in the US, corporations and financial organisations are bound by law to protect their clients’ information, failing which would mean a 10-year imprisonment of the company chief executives or chief financial officers and a million dollar fine.  The government’s role is to put this law through, they should take a proactive role on this,” he stressed.

He also noted the lack of available statistics on cyber crime especially relating to finances.

During the conference, experts discussed the procedural conflicts in applying the law of cyber crimes.  He added that many hackers use pseudonyms, making it difficult to track them down.

Posted on 12/15