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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Thailand revising cybercrime law for balance, better security

According to The Nation on Friday, Surangkana Wayuparb, the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA)‘s CEO said the agency was arranging a public hearing to allow widespread participation in the law’s revision. However, since enforcement of the law five years ago, there have been requests from several sectors for a review of the Act’s principles and the addition of a number of issues not covered in the original legislation.


Surangkana also explained the law left gaps in the cybercrime and the cyber environment, so people are still concerned about the balance between freedom of speech and the exercise of authority to maintain the right to privacy.

Meanwhile, other countries’ governments have better realisation and awareness on information security, which is a sensitive issue involving a balance between security and the liberty of people as a whole,” Surangkana said.

The draft revision of the computer crime law is expected to be completed in the next six months, following which, the ETDA will then conduct a further public hearing before submitting the draft for the Cabinet’s approval.

She said that the agency had established focus groups covering five areas—freedom of speech, law enforcement, consumers and victims, hardcore security versus professional security, and evaluation and revision of computer crime law—to balance and develop the law to protect against threats, the country and all those in the cyber-security environment.

However, the overall revision of computer crime law is expected to take three years, and will include the development of best practices and a code of conduct to encourage the law’s use against new threats and cybercrime from the Internet. For example, it will cover the rights of Internet users, especially students who develop their own blogs and websites to disclose private information, a practice which open to abuse and often risky online.


Posted on 04/23