Bahrain’s Enhanced Privacy: MP’s strengthen Kingdom’s Privacy Protection Laws

Hera Shabbir

Bahrain’s MP’s have recently been working towards creating a more safe and secure environment for both citizens and residents in the Kingdom. The new rules call for longer jail time, heftier fines, and stronger repercussions.

Bahrain’s Members of Parliament voted earlier today on a more secure privacy protection protocol

Some of the improvements include the following fines that range from BHD 100 to 1,000, depending on the offense

  • Unauthorized Photo/Videography – BHD 100 to BHD 500 
    • Taking pictures of people without their knowledge or consent, or taking photos of public areas where photography is forbidden.
  • Sharing Private Information – BHD 200 to BHD 800
    • Sharing any private information including phone numbers, address, personal details, etc. without someone’s consent can land you fines starting at BHD 200 going up to BHD 800!
  • Prohibited Capturing of Sensitive Moments – BHD 300 to BHD 1,000
    • Taking pictures/videos of sensitive moments like accidents, funerals, hospital visits, victims of accidents, etc can land you a heavy fine starting from BHD 300.
  • Public Solicitation – BHD 1,000 and up to 6 months of jail time 
    • Any act of public solicitation including selling products/services or promoting others to engage in such activity lands you a fine of flat BHD 1,000 and can also land you serving 6 months in jail.

Considering how Bahrain has upped the security and fines of protecting people’s privacy, it is very important for you to understand and follow these regulations now set in place around the Kingdom.



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