Big Brother watching with cybersecurity law

Big Brother watching with cybersecurity law

Philippine netizens wear masks and gesture during a rally against the anti-cybercrime act in front of the Supreme Court in 2013 in Manila. Reuters
Philippine netizens wear masks and gesture during a rally against the anti-cybercrime act in front of the Supreme Court in 2013 in Manila. Reuters

All our personal and business information will no longer be safe from state surveillance if the draft of a new cybersecurity bill becomes law.

If the bill is passed, the cybersecurity agency, with god-like power could monitor our internet activities and penetrate our systems -- without a court order. It could force us to submit information, stop our internet transactions, seize our computers, and issue other measures it deems fit to ward off perceived security threats.

Say "no" and you face a maximum of three years in prison and/or a maximum fine of 300,000 baht.

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Sanitsuda Ekachai

Former editorial pages editor

Sanitsuda Ekachai is a former editorial pages editor, Bangkok Post. She writes on human rights, gender, and Thai Buddhism.


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