MPs Pass a Law to Protect People’s Privacy in Bahrain & Here’s What You Need to Know

In a recent move to safeguard citizens’ privacy, Members of Parliament (MPs) in Bahrain have enacted significant changes to the country’s laws. The new legislation aims to reinforce privacy rights and ensure decency in public spaces. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the key offenses and the fines associated with them:

1. Public Solicitation: Offenders who engage in public solicitation, encouraging others to engage in inappropriate behavior, now face stringent penalties. Those convicted of public solicitation may be sentenced to up to 6 months in jail. Additionally, they may be fined up to BD1,000.

2. Unauthorized Photography and Videography: Taking pictures or videos of individuals without their permission is now considered illegal under the new law. Offenders caught engaging in unauthorized photography or videography may face fines ranging from BD100 to BD500, depending on the severity of the offense.

3. Sharing Private Information: Sharing private or personal information about someone without their consent is now deemed an offense. Offenders found guilty of sharing private information may be subject to fines ranging from BD200 to BD800, depending on the nature and extent of the information shared.

4. Prohibition of Capturing Sensitive Moments: The law strictly prohibits the capturing of images or videos of patients in hospitals, victims of accidents, or deceased individuals without proper authorization. Offenders caught violating this provision may face fines ranging from BD300 to BD1,000, depending on the circumstances of the offense.

Fines for Offenses:

  • For Public Solicitation: Up to BD1,000 in fines and up to 6 months in jail.
  • For Unauthorized Photography and Videography: Fines ranging from BD100 to BD500.
  • For Sharing Private Information: Fines ranging from BD200 to BD800.
  • For Prohibited Capturing of Sensitive Moments: Fines ranging from BD300 to BD1,000.

These amendments represent a crucial step towards ensuring the protection of individuals’ privacy and dignity in Bahrain. By imposing strict penalties for privacy violations and solicitation, lawmakers aim to create a safer and more respectful environment for all citizens.

A safer Bahrain!

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