Spying on your spouse’s phone now a criminal offence in Saudi Arabia and carries a £95,000 fine and a year jail term

Saudi Arabia

The government of Saudi Arabia has announced that ‘spying’ on your spouse’s phone henceforth is a criminal offense which is punishable by a year in jail and a hefty fine.

A statement released by Saudi Arabia’s information ministry reads thus;

‘Married individuals planning to spy on their spouse in Saudi Arabia will need to think twice, because such an activity could potentially attract a fine of £95,000 riyals , along with a prison term for a year.’

The provision, part of a new anti-cyber crime law which came into force last week, is meant to ‘protect morals of individuals and society and protect privacy’, the ministry said.

The move comes amid a ‘steady increase in cyber crimes such as blackmail, embezzlement and defamation’.


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