PM Prayut: Computer crime changes needed to block harmful data

PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said during his trip to Songkhla today that the amendment of the Computer Crimes Act is not about a single gateway but to have the means to block negative information coming in from other countries, Thai News Agency said today.

The Prime Minister added that the amendment is not aimed at violating anybody’s human rights but will be used to plug loopholes leading to terrorism, instability, cyber attacks and stopping illegal websites.

Thai Netizen Network and Amnesty International lodged a petition endorsed by 300,000 Internet users to the National Legislative Assembly to reconsider the amendment of the Computer Crimes Act.

According to The Nation, the rights groups said stipulations infringing on human rights, freedom of expression and privacy still persisted in the latest amendment passed the NLA in its second reading last Friday.

Although there had been changes in the wording, Thai Netizen Network leader Sarinee Achavanuntakul said that the essence of the law, for instance in Article 14, remained a threat to freedom of expression.


Top: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha explaining the amendment of the Computer Crimes Act. Photo: Thai News Agency



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