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Thailand's Cyber Law Raises Fear Military Could ‘Cage’ the Internet

  • Law would give state power to seize data and equipment
  • Critics concerned over possible abuse of cyber security law
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A cyber-security bill introduced just weeks ahead of Thailand’s first democratic election since a 2014 military coup has stoked concerns that it could be used as a weapon to stifle political dissent.

Critics say the broad and vague language in the Cyber Security Bill -- passed by the country’s unelected lawmakers on Feb. 28 -- may give the current military government powers to seize data and electronic equipment without proper legal oversight. The law will come into effect once it is published in the Royal Gazette, the timing of which is unclear.