Thailand’s government is proposing establishment of a National Cyber Security Agency and would allow authorities to access people’s information including e-mails and electronic communications without a court warrant in the ‘interests of national security’.
It also further allows the Communication Technology Minister to block websites ‘if the law requires’. The current legislation is much more restricted in nature only allowing blocking of websites if it threatens national security, promote terrorism or insulting royalty.
Dhiraphol Suwanprateep, an Internet-law specialist at the law firm Baker and McKenzie, told AFP that the current bill is very broad, vague and gives the government too much power. “There is no balance between the national security and data privacy, as the government may exercise its discretion without having judicial review,” he said. The new laws will come into effect after the agency has been established.
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