Status regarding Budapest Convention

Status : NA Declarations and reservations : n/a See legal profile

Cybercrime policies/strategies

In 2005, the then-Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (now the Ministry of Transport and Communications) established the Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team (Q-CERT) in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University in the United States.

The ministry’s Cyber Security Division works through Q-CERT and its sister Critical Information Infrastructure Protection unit to monitor and contain online threats and risks.

In 2013, Qatar published Anti-Spam Guidelines.

In 2014, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) issued a National Information Assurance Framework that includes cyber security legislation and ancillary documents.

National Information Assurance Framework,

Qatar also issued the “National ICT Plan 2015: Advancing the Digital Agenda” with the aim of protecting the national critical information infrastructure and providing a secure online environment for different sectors.

Pursuant to the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 18 of 2013 and its objective of providing a governance structure for cyber security collaboration at the highest levels of the government, the MOTC chaired a National Cyber Security Committee to develop the Qatar National Cyber Security Strategy. The NCSS was issued in 2014 and sets out five main objectives: 1) safeguard the national critical information infrastructure; 2) respond to, resolve, and recover from cyber incidents and attacks through timely information sharing, collaboration, and action; 3) establish a legal and regulatory framework to enable a safe and vibrant cyberspace; 4) foster a culture or cyber security that promotes safe and appropriate use of cyberspace, and 5) develop and cultivate national cyber security capabilities. The NCSS includes an Action Plan with projects organised by objective.

To fulfill objective three, Qatar intends to increase capabilities to combat cyber crime; develop and implement laws, regulations, and national policies to address cyber security and cyber crime; monitor and enforce compliance with cyber security and cyber crime laws, regulations, and national policies; and build and maintain strong international relationships to establish cyber security norms and standards.

Specialised institutions

Within the Ministry of the Interior, a Cyber Crimes Investigation Center and Information Security Center have been established.

The MOI is the “competent authority” for Law 14 (Art. 1) and implements the provisions of Law 14, including compliance with the law by Internet service providers (Arts. 2 and 3). It is mentioned in numerous provisions of the law – for example, it is assigned responsibility for maintaining the integrity of seized data (Art. 19) and has authority to obtain assistance from service providers (Art. 21).

Jurisprudence/case law


Sources and links

Tools on Cybercrime & Electronic Evidence Empowering You!

This tool is co-funded  by the GLACY  and Cybercrime@Octopus projects