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Thailand: New Cybersecurity Bill

Published 6 January 2015

A new Cybersecurity Bill (the Bill) has been announced by the Thai cabinet which would establish a National Cybersecurity Committee and a new state agency, the Office of the National Cybersecurity Committee with the aim of tackling the increasing threat of cyberattacks.

The Bill sets out how these organisations will manage threat and also introduces a reporting mechanism for state agencies, with the power to issue orders where necessary.

Controversially, the Bill will also empower state officials to access communications information, e.g. post, telephone, emails and devices for the purposes of cybersecurity, although it is envisaged rules governing this access will be put in place to address privacy concerns. Although there has been significant opposition to this power, as it is seen as prioritising the fight against cyberattacks over personal privacy, in reality the powers do not go further than the current position in Thailand, and in fact seeks to impose a new framework over these powers.

A copy of the Bill (unofficial translation).

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