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Turbulent Thailand

Thai cybersecurity bill to give junta license to snoop

Critics warn legislation blurs line between digital and political threats

Thailand lags behind in cybersecurity, but experts warn the junta's response could lead to a "police state."   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's unelected parliament is rushing through a cybersecurity bill that would give the military regime sweeping powers to monitor political traffic online.

Digital media analysts say the new legislation contains vague language that would empower a soon-to-be-created National Cybersecurity Committee to target the computers and servers of political opponents under the guise of "an emergency" or as a "preventive measure." Business groups, meanwhile, fear corporate data could be compromised.

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