A New Awareness Drive by Abu Dhabi Officials Warns Against Electronic Extortion

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00

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A New Awareness Drive by Abu Dhabi Officials Warns Against Electronic Extortion

Recently, the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) highlighted both the preventive measures and the risks of cybercrime, such as online extortion.

The two legal awareness lectures were delivered at the Presidency Court in collaboration with Majalis of Abu Dhabi as part of ADJD's ongoing efforts to increase legal literacy across all societal groups. 

The lectures took place in Al Ain's Falaj Hazaa Majlis and Al Tawiya Majlis. They are a part of the "Our Majlis'' initiative, which was started by the ADJD in response to Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan's orders to encourage a legal culture among society's citizens. Sheikh Mansour is the deputy prime minister, minister of the presidential court, and head of the judicial department in Abu Dhabi. 

The lectures, delivered by Counselor Abdullah Hamad Al Mansoori, Chief Prosecutor, focused on the causes and factors that cause members of society to become victims of electronic extortion by providing many real-world examples from the case files that were presented before the Public Prosecution. They also discussed the nature of electronic crimes, the dangers of electronic extortion, and the legal penalties in this regard. 

The instructor went over the dangers of abusing social networking platforms as well as the users' obligations under Federal Decree-Law No. 34 of 2021 on Combating Rumors and Cybercrimes. 

The lecture concentrated on the most important aspects people should be aware of while using technical tools of any kind. This is to ensure online safety, prevent any attempts that might endanger people's safety or make them victims, or anything that would make them liable in court.

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