of Ministers Resolution
12 February 2001
users in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shall refrain from
publishing or accessing data containing some of the
Anything contravening a
fundamental principle or legislation, or infringing the
sanctity of Islam and its benevolent Shari’ah, or
breaching public decency.
Anything contrary to the
state or its system.
Reports or news damaging to
the Saudi Arabian armed forces, without the approval of the
Publication of official
state laws, agreements or statements before they are
officially made public, unless approved by the competent
Anything damaging to the
dignity of heads of states or heads of credited diplomatic
missions in the Kingdom, or harms relations with those
Any false information
ascribed to state officials or those of private or public
domestic institutions and bodies, liable to cause them or
their offices harm, or damage their integrity.
The propagation of
subversive ideas or the disruption of public order or
disputes among citizens
Anything liable to promote
or incite crime, or advocate violence against others in any
shape or form.
Any slanderous or libellous
material against individuals.
certain trade directives stipulate that all companies,
organisations and individuals benefiting from the service shall
observe the following:
Not to carry out any
activity through the internet, such as selling, advertising,
or recruitment, except in accordance with the commercial
licenses and registers in force.
Not to carry out any
financial investment activity or offer shares for
subscription, except when in possession of the necessary
licenses to do so.
Not to promote or sell
medicines or foodstuff carrying any medicinal claims, or
cosmetics, except those registered and approved by the
Ministry of Health.
Not to advertise or promote
or sell substances covered by other international agreements
to which the Kingdom is a party, except for those with the
Not to advertise trade fairs
or organise trade delegations visits or tourist tours or
trade directories except with the necessary licences.
All private and
government departments, and individuals, setting up websites or
publishing files or pages, shall observe and ensure the
Respect commercial and
Approval of government
authorities for setting up websites or publishing files or
pages for or about themselves.
Approval of the Ministry of
Information for setting up of media-type websites which
publish news on regular basis, such as newspapers, magazines
Good taste in the design of
websites and pages.
Effective protection of data
on websites and pages.
All government and private
bodies, and individuals shall take full responsibility for
their websites and pages, and the information contained
refers to a set of regulatory and technical procedures aimed at
ensuring the safety of the constituents of the national network
(the internet inside the Kingdom) through effective programming
and mechanical means. These include the following:
Service providers shall
determine internet access eligibility through access
accounts, user identification and effective passwords for
the use of the access point or subsequent points and linking
that through tracing and investigation programmes that
record the time spent, addresses accessed or to which or
through which access was attempted, and the size and type of
files copied, whenever possible or necessary.
The use of anti-virus
programmes and protection against concealing addresses or
printing passwords and files
Endeavour to avoid errors in
applications that may provide loopholes that may be
exploited for subversive activities or to obtain data not
permitted for use for whatever reason.
Restriction of the provision
of internet services to the end-user through the internet
service unit at King Abdulaziz city for sciences and
Keep a manual and electronic
register with comprehensive information on end-users, their
addresses, telephone numbers, purpose of use, and private
internet access accounts, and provide the authorities with a
copy thereof, if necessary.
Not to publish any printed
directories containing subscribers’ and end-users’ names
and addresses, without their agreement.
Al-Watan newspaper 21/11/1421