Daniel Halliday
Apr 12 · Last update 3 days ago.
Should crimes committed online be prosecuted internationally?
A British woman has recently been arrested in Dubai following a Facebook comment she posted in the UK referring to her ex-husbands wife as a “horse”. The post in question apparently violates Dubai’s strict anti-defamation laws and the women faces up to a two year jail sentence or a $65,000 USD fine. Although on the surface this seems a fairly ridiculous case, in reality there are many seemingly unrelated issues that occupy in a nuanced legal area of international cyber-crime. Is Dubai right to prosecute someone for a Facebook post, posted abroad? Should crimes committed online be tried in the country they were committed in or internationally? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47847740
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The need for new international law for cyber crimes
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The need for new international law for cyber crimes

The internet is almost a separate space that operates alongside the real world, should there not be different laws applied, and should that not have to be ubiquitous for all users of the internet? Forming an overriding set of international laws to govern the internet could help to deal with the problems of hacking other countries and defamation cases such as the Saudi case. But they could also help resolve cases of whistleblowing (the Snowden, Assange, and Manning cases) that have led to torture, or an escape of it, and the breaking of international human rights. The current situation of certain countries harbouring other countries “criminals” for political reasons needs to end but at the same time international law needs to be upheld. The world needs a set of guidelines to make obvious what does and does not constitute crime online, as multiple cases have demonstrated that a world on the internet is filled with legal nuances.

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Not for such minor crimes

This particular example represents an overzealous application of law involving what is, or in this case isn’t, cyber-crime in some countries. Some countries still need to work on the legalities of the use of new technologies, and questions such as what constitutes a crime worth pursuing foreign nationals for. Under strictly authoritarian regimes this issue seems particularly in need of reviewing in some way, especially considering the similar recent case involving the fining and deportation of a jealous wife who checked her husband’s phone in the United Arab Emirates (link below).

bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36320749

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