There is hardly a better illustration of the difference between the intent of a law and its misuse than the Computer Crime Act of 2007. It was sold by its sponsors as a modern law to deal with new crimes. It was meanwhile tweaked and amended behind the scenes by a parliament both friendly and indebted to the military junta. Virtually sight unseen, it was speeded through rubber-stamp assent, without public disclosure of details, and without public input.
It turned out that the Computer Crime Act (CCA) was almost the opposite of what the military-approved leadership promised. It did nothing to halt spam email, failed to deter cyber crime, and set no standards to protect online consumers. It did, however, vastly increase prosecutions and penalties for lese majeste.
The worst of the worst offences of this terrible law is its Orwellian nature. The "computer crime" the bill seeks out and punishes is almost totally divorced from computers. The small and often ignored sections on theft by hacking, for example, are most often investigated and prosecuted under "old" sections of the criminal code.
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