On Monday it was announced by Saudi Arabia that “spying” on one’s spouse’s mobile phone is now an officially declared crime and the criminal would be potentially punishable by a heavy fine along with a year in jail.
As per a statement released by the Ministry of Information—Saudi Arabia the married personnel who are intending to spy on their spouse in the kingdom would now need to think two times before involving in any such act, because such an action could possibly lead to a fine of $133,000 along with a jail sentence for a year.
The ministry said that the provision part of the newly introduced anti-cybercrime law which was implemented last week is targeted at protecting the morals of individuals and the overall society and to protect the privacy.
The statement read that this step is taken in between the gradual increase in cybercrimes including embezzlement, blackmail and defamation.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is among the top most countries in the world for having a maximum number of mobile phone application users and social media users.
More than fifty percent of the Saudi Arabia’s citizens are under the age limit of twenty-five, many of these young people spend most of their time on the cell phone platforms, farther away from the official traditions and structures.
Since the crowning of the Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Kingdom has undergone multiple changes and a series of highly-publicised policy changes.
The county has lifted the ban on women driving and now they would be permitted to drive as of June. The decades-long extended ban on cinemas has also been lifted.
During the past years, the cybercrime division of the Kingdom’s legislation has received severe criticism from the international rights groups.
Last September, the concerned authorities release a public call for citizens to report on the social media platforms of the activities of their fellow citizens, under the broad tag of “terrorist” crimes.
It instructed that any kind of suspicious activity be reported through the government-run app “We are all security”.