Files to be kept on Internet-users going online in cybercafés

first_img Follow the news on United Arab Emirates April 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Files to be kept on Internet-users going online in cybercafés RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern over a move by the authorities in the United Arab Emirates to monitor people going online in cybercafés.The daily Emarat al Yaoum reported yesterday on an interior ministry plan to check the identity of anyone using the Internet in public places. The step was justified by the fight against cyber-crime and child pornography. “The fight against cyber-crime and child pornography is a legitimate one, but this step constitutes a real risk for respect of freedom of expression online”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“The real reason for this decision is obviously the desire to keep files on the country’s netizens, watch them and push them into self-censorship.”The move to keep Internet-users under observation comes at the same time as a population census is being held in the countries of the UAE along with a standardisation of ID cards for all citizens. The United Arab Emirates is on Reporters Without Borders’ list of countries under surveillance on its “Internet Enemies” report (,36668.html). The authorities have set up effective filtering and on the pretext of blocking pornographic websites, they have made thousands of sites on a wide range of subjects inaccessible. June 8, 2021 Find out more December 23, 2020 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en center_img United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News Organisation News to go furtherlast_img read more