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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar junta targets sweeping data access with cybersecurity bill

Telecoms face content and service controls, and civil groups cite privacy threat

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing speaks during a Feb. 3 meeting. (MRTV/Handout via REUTERS)    © Reuters

YANGON -- Myanmar's new military regime is preparing to grant its telecommunications ministry sweeping control over data access as well as online content and service, a week after seizing power from Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government.

Initially drafted by Suu Kyi's government, the legislation would permit government entities to access personal information for security reasons and designate a place for online service providers to store consumer data, based on a copy of the 36-page document seen by Nikkei Asia and provided by a senior industry source.

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