UAE: Why residents should avoid posting photos, holiday details on social media – News
If you’re among the many families who have made plans for a quick holiday during the school half-term break and are looking forward to chronicling the details online, think again
By Web Desk
Published: Sun 12 Feb 2023, 17:17
Many schools in the UAE will close for a week from 13 to 17 February, giving families a good 9-day holiday (including weekends) during this pleasant weather. Families and students in the Emirates take advantage of this half-term holiday and fly out for holidays.
If you’re among the many families who have made plans for a quick getaway and look forward to chronicling the details on social media, think again.
The UAE public prosecutor has warned travelers against posting travel details and photos on social media. The authority highlighted a case where a resident was robbed after posting his travel plans online.
Posting the details of the case on Twitter, UAE Public Prosecution wrote: “Nasser* was an avid social media user and regularly shared details of his daily life and personal affairs on these platforms.
“One day he planned a vacation with his family and documented the trip on social media by posting photos and information about the destination and tourist sites they visited. However, upon returning home after the vacation, Nasser was shocked to find that his house was broken into.”
The authority reminded residents that social media platforms are useful tools for staying connected with friends and family, as well as staying informed about current events. However, if not used correctly or if personal information is shared excessively, it can put an individual at risk.
According to a cyber crime fighting officer, the boarding passes contain barcodes and other information. Gangs may use these personal details to commit identity theft and crimes.
“Many people like to show off that they are traveling in first or business class and post pictures of their boarding passes on social media. These travelers don’t realize that criminals have access to their personal data,” Col Al Hajri said.