Spying on your spouse’s phone could lead you to jail in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia has announced that going through your spouse’s phone without his or her consent or knowledge could land you in prison and face a hefty fine.

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“Married individuals planning to spy on their spouse in Saudi Arabia will need to think twice, because such an activity could potentially attract a fine of 500,000 riyals, along with a prison term for a year,” read an English-language statement released by Saudi Arabia’s information ministry.

The provision, part of a new anti-cybercrime law which came into force last week, is meant to “protect morals of individuals and society and protect privacy”, the ministry said.

The move comes amid a “steady increase in cybercrimes such as blackmail, embezzlement and defamation”, the statement said.

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