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 Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Thailandís cabinet last week approved a draft Cyber Stability & Security Act stipulating sweeping changes to data privacy and surveillance rules relating to communications providers, which will now be presented to the national legislative assembly for passage into law, Telecomasia reports. Under the act, a Cyber Security Commission chaired by the Prime Minister would have powers to directly order communications providers to supply any requested information, logs or documents to the commission, which could also summon individuals for questioning, while the act removes the existing requirement for a court order to carry out surveillance of communications or gain access to information. The report adds that under the draft wording, any officer appointed by the Cyber Security Commission would have the legal power to read e-mails, instant messages and other text communications plus listen to any voice conversations on any network in Thailand, while also having the power to demand access to information on Ďany computer systemí.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:50:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 13 January 2012

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) will begin enforcing the registration of new and existing mobile phone users on 1 March this year, according to local daily New Vision. Customers of wireless services will be given one year to register their SIM with their mobile provider, backed-up with a national identity document such as a passport or driverís licence. Owners of multiple SIMs will need to have all of their lines registered, and those without the required documents will be able to have a family member register on their behalf. SIMs unregistered by the 1 March 2013 cut-off point will be deactivated.

 The registration drive aims to reduce phone-based crime, and follows similar projects throughout East Africa in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. As noted by TeleGeographyís GlobalComms Database, at the end of September 2011 Uganda was home to some 16.1 million wireless customers, representing 47.4% of the population.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 13 January 2012 13:46:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 27 February 2008

The OECD published a paper reviewing available official statistics on trust and security in the online environment. It discusses whether security concerns are an obstacle to Internet use and examines how people and companies protect their equipment and networks. Download the report from OECD webiste (pdf).

Source: OECD.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008 09:47:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |