Arab News, Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 | Jamadi Al Thani 26, 1439
Saudi ministry launches app to report privacy violations
A smartphone app to help protect individual privacy has been launched by Saudi
Arabia’s Ministry of Interior as it combats the use of mobile phones to spread
damaging footage or images.
The ministry described the sending of malicious images via smartphones as
“crossing a red line.”
The Kolonna Amn (“We are all security“) app allows users to make an official
complaint if they believe their privacy has been violated.
Launching the app on March 13, the ministry repeated its warning that offenders
could face penalties of up to one year’s imprisonment or a fine of SR500,000
The Kolonna Amn app will make citizens part of an interactive security system,
Lawyer Dima Al-Shareef told Arab News: “The anti-cybercrime law defines the
violation of the private life of the individual by misuse of mobile phones
equipped with a camera or any other similar device.”