Kuwait MPs back camera phone bill

A Kuwaiti parliamentary panel has approved government proposed legislation laying down jail terms for people using mobile phones to take or circulate pictures without the subject's consent.

    The authorities say photos can be used for blackmail

    MP Walid al-Tabtabai, secretary of the panel dominated by
    Islamist lawmakers, said on Saturday that the prison penalty was adopted due to the "dangers the growing phenomenon poses to the Kuwaiti society."

    According to the bill, people who use the technology to take pictures of others without consent face up to two years in prison or a fine of $6800.

    Those who use it to circulate such pictures face five years jail while using bluetooth pictures to blackmail others into adultery carries a penalty of 10 years in prison, Tabtabai said.

    The legislation will be effective after it is approved by parliament and signed by the amir.



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