Qatar gets tough on cybercrime

The Gulf state of Qatar has introduced a tough set of laws on cybercrime, including substantial financial penalties which can be doubled if a public official is involved.

According to two Clyde & Co lawyers writing in the Gulf Times, the 'Anti-Cybercrime Law', aims to target 'aggresssively' a range of crimes and abuses in the area. These include hacking and unauthorised access, fraud and forgery, electionic transactions with cards and infringement of IP rights. For the latter, for instance, maximum penalties amount to about US$137,000 and/or up to three years in prison. Source: The Gulf Times

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