Thailand Introduces Draft for New, Far-reaching Cybersecurity Law

by Admin on October 25, 2018

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The Thai government has introduced a new cybersecurity bill that would crack down on cybercrime and boost national security but would also vest new extraordinary powers in the hands of Thai authorities.

In particular, the bill would create the Cybersecurity Agency (CSA), which would have the power to seize the computers and servers of those deemed “reasonably suspicious” of being a cyber threat without a court order.

The government states that the bill is not an attempt to go after everyday citizens, but instead will be used to tackle cyber attacks and cyber crime, which the country has seen an increase of in recent years.

“Thailand has become a hotbed for cybercriminals in the past couple of years, especially when it comes to crimes tied to cryptocurrencies,” according to Thailand criminal lawyer Jiraporn Thongphong. “Cybersecurity laws in Thailand are still trying to play catch-up.”

But that justification did little to cool the fears and fury of the public once they heard of the draft though, and now the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has formed a review panel to hear discussions and suggestions for the final draft of the bill.

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