Spying on spouse’s phone now punishable by law

Saudi law will punish spouses of illegally spying on each other’s phone

Spying on spouse’s phone now punishable by law in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi woman uses her mobile phone

A Saudi woman uses her mobile phone

March 30, 2018 – Saudi law will punish spouses in the case of illegally spying on each other’s phone and will add it to crimes related to information technology.

The punishment ranges from imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year, and a fine of not more than 500,000 riyals ($133,000), or either one of these penalties in case the husband or wife are spying on the other’s phone, in order to catch a wrongful act.

According to legal sources, the penalty is imposed on the husband or wife in the case of illegally accessing the other’s smartphone, and it would be enough as proof that the phone is protected by a password that was deciphered to invade privacy.

If the husband and wife gave out or sent the information obtained through electronic means of communication, the penalty then is one year in prison and a fine of 500, 000 riyals ($133,000).

However, If the phone is accessed without using or sharing the information, the crime in this case will result in a penalty with a warning from the judge according to the circumstances of the case, and the damage caused to the person whose cell phone was accessed.

Privacy and security

Legal Advisor Abdul Aziz bin Batel said that crimes related to information technology involve any devices such as computers, mobile phones and cameras, and is punishable according to the law.

Al-Batel said to Al Arabiya that the amount of the fine goes to the treasury of the state, not as a compensation for the other party, stressing that the system does not apply to the control of parents over devices belonging to their children in order to protect them or for guidance and care.

But with the spouses, taking pictures and saving them in another mobile is a case of defamation, and the crimes in that case are meant to access and seize data in order to save it and publish it later.

The article specifies that the punishments target those who commit information crimes, namely tapping, intercepting or sharing through the internet, without a justification or for threatening or extortion.

The crimes also involve illegal access into a website to alter the design of the site, damage it, modify it, occupy its address, invade privacy and infringe on private life by misusing mobile phones equipped with cameras and similar acts.

The Saudi Royal Decree approving a system to combat cybercrime is intended to help achieving information security, preserving the rights when using the internet, in addition to protecting public interest and morals.
Source: Al Arabiya, English, March 30, 2018
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UAE deports spying wife

May 20, 2016 – A woman has been fined and deported for violating her husband’s privacy by checking whether he was unfaithful.

She was convicted for accessing his phone without permission when she suspected he was having an affair.

The woman, who was not named, gained access to the phone and transferred photos to her phone via WhatsApp. The husband complained to police and she was found guilty of a cybercrime, with the court ordering her to pay $A56,000 before deportation.
Source: Gold Coast Bulletin, May 20, 2016
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Wife accuses husband of spying

September 27, 2016 – A wife accused her husband of spying on her by planting a bug in the landline phone. A source said Jeddah Court forwarded the case of a married couple in conflict to the reconciliation committee.

“The wife accused the husband of spying on her and monitoring her phone calls with her friends and family. The husband denied that he was spying on his wife and claimed that he had bought the device to spy on the housemaid. The wife argued that the husband knew that she used the landline more than her mobile phone due to poor cell reception,” said the source.

Lawyer and legal consultant Khalid Abu Rashid said spying on a spouse is a crime punishable by law. “The punishment is up to the court to decide depending on the case and the private and public rights it violates. Posting private recordings, pictures of information of the spouse on social media is an information crime,” said Abu Rashid.

He added, culprits may face up to a year in prison, a fine of SR500 or both.

“Beware of recording people without their permission. The consequences may be legal. Banks, telecommunication companies, hospital and customer service companies notify the callers that their phone calls will be recorded and that is a disclaimer,” said the source.
Source: by Adnan Al-Shabrawi, The Saudi Gazette, September 27, 2016
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Spying on spouse’s cell phone or computer without permission can be termed as sin

A Saudi woman uses her mobile phone

A Saudi woman uses her mobile phone

March 18, 2014 – A Kuwaiti religious scholar has said that checking a spouse’s cell phone or computer without his or her permission amounts to committing a sin. Ajeel Al Nashmi, the head of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Scholars’ League, said that from the religious perspective, a spouse must not access his or her spouse’s mobile phone or computer without his or her authorisation, Gulf News reported.  He added that neither the wife nor the husband may spy on each other or check each other’s emails or messages without a proper permission, and whoever does it is a sinner. The only exception is when there is strong and reasonable suspicion about unacceptable behaviour, he said.    But he asserted that even then, the purpose of checking the phone or the computer should be for the purpose of providing advice, and not to create a scandal.

The scholar’s anti-spying warning is issued as companies take advantage of advanced technology and promote new smartphone applications that quietly forward locations, emails, calls and texts that can be used to spy on spouses.
Source: Deccan Chronicle, March 18, 2014
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Social networks are affecting Saudi marriages

December 13, 2013 – Many husbands became addicted to social networking to the level that they practically neglect their families and wives, creating many marital problems.

Often wives suspect their husbands are flirting with women on social networks.

Suad Muhammad, a Saudi wife, told Riyadh daily that her husband became so addicted to social networks that he forgot he had a family. She said, “I am constantly fighting with him over this issue.

He spends long hours on social networks and chat rooms and using social network applications on his mobile that he neglects to spend time with me and his kids.

I always beg him to delete these social network applications and he always promises he will but he never does.”

Muhammad said she suspected he is having an affair with another woman online, adding that person has “stolen his emotions and time away from me.” She said matters got worse and her husband now spends most of his time alone away from her.

Whereas in the past he refused to let her go outside, now he never objects to her leaving the house to go anywhere as long as he is alone in the house with his phone and computer, she said.

“He is so careful that he set a password for all his devices and applications so he will not get caught. He is killing me with his behavior every day.”

She said he stopped listening to her when she talks and most of the time he only pretends to be interested in what she says.

The worst thing, she claimed, is that children are missing their father even when he is with them in the same room.

He stopped playing with them because he is too busy chatting or watching videos on the phone, she said.

Muna Jaber, a housewife, said she gets jealous each time her husband spends countless hours in front of the computer or on social networks on his mobile phone.

She said: “Many women in my situation cannot hide their jealousy because they suspect their husbands are having an affair online.

Some husbands get upset and angry when their wives walk in their rooms while others panic and shut down the computer to hide any evidence of their wrongdoings.”

Jaber said many wives resort to spying on their husbands.

“We should not blame women for spying on their husbands.

“It is their right to confirm whether their husbands are in touch with another woman or not. Some husbands, however, strengthen their trust with their wives and give their mobile phones to them so they can see what they are doing.

This is not an invasion of privacy but the wife sometimes needs to be sure that he is not having an affair with another woman.”

Samah Al-Faiz is another wife suffering from this problem. She said social networking sites has its pros and cons but it is the negatives that have affected her family.

She spied on her husband’s accounts and discovered that he was flirting with other women on social media.

“Some husbands do not feel the gap they are creating with their wives and kids when they spend long hours on social networks. Their families became a source of pain while social media is the source of enjoyment.”

Manal Salem ended her marriage after she could not handle her husband’s addiction to social networking applications.

She said: “I noticed his behavior changed when he became addicted and he distanced himself away from me. I became suspicious and tried to talk to him many times but each time he would come up with an excuse about why he did not want to talk.

One day he forgot his cell phone at home and when I searched it I found out that he was in a relationship with many women and sending them poems and love messages.

What hurt me the most is that he criticized me by saying that I was a bad wife and could not take care of him. To me, that was crossing the line and I asked for a divorce after that.”

Dr. Khaled Al-Hulaibi, consultant at a family development center in Al-Ahsa, said social media addictions are the number one problem for families these days.

He said: “Spending long hours in front of a computer or on mobile phone social applications is creating a big problem for families.

“When the husband is busy on these applications, his wife can feel bored, suspicious and jealous.

Women by nature love attention from their husbands and want their undivided focus. Spending long hours on social networks will affect men’s health also.

They can suffer from sleep disorders and feel tired and exhausted, not to mention their role as fathers can affect their children, especially in terms of behavior.”
Source: Al Arabiya, December 13, 2013
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© 2013 AlArabiya.net.

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