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11 Feb 2021

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Reuters

Myanmar: Asia Internet Coalition joins civil society in raising alarm over Cybersecurity law

"Myanmar junta's proposed cyber bill alarms Internet giants", 11 February 2021

A group of the world's biggest internet companies joined Myanmar civil society on Thursday in raising alarm over cyber laws floated by the new junta, saying they would contravene fundamental rights and hurt the economy.

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The proposed bill would give unprecedented censorship powers and violate privacy, contravening democratic norms and fundamental rights, said the Asia Internet Coalition, whose members include Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon.

"This would significantly undermine freedom of expression and represents a regressive step after years of progress," the group said in a statement.

"We urge the military leaders to consider the potentially devastating consequences of these proposed laws on Myanmar's people and economy."

More than 150 Myanmar civil society organisations said in a statement: "The so-called bill includes clauses which violate human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression, data protection and privacy, and other democratic principles and human rights."

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