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Myanmar: Draft cybersecurity law faces backlash from concerned groups, including strong statement from local organization, MCF

"Cybersecurity bill to plunge Myanmar into darkness" 14 February 2021

Myanmar’s new junta government faces a firm and spirited backlash against draft cybersecurity legislation, with some investors suggesting they may pull out of the country if the punitive law is adopted.
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Around 160 civil society organizations have publicly condemned the proposed law, with many including the Myanmar Computer Federation saying they would refuse to accept it as a legitimate law.
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…the Myanmar Computer Federation, the organization representing all-computer related associations led by tech-entrepreneur Min Zeyar Hlaing, released a statement “strongly objecting” to the bill.

The fact that MCF, a group representing Myanmar’s IT-related associations, is publicly opposing it would make it politically difficult for the military to quickly implement the law.

The bill could stop all businesses, including SMEs and start-ups, that rely on and utilizing IT-based services, the group said.

Public consultation must be made, opinions gathered from related personnel from the sector, civil organizations and international bills must be referenced, the statement continued.

“[The bill] should only be implemented at the union parliament elected by the people… we observe that now is not a good situation to pass this bill,” the MCF said.

View MCF's full statement in Burmese here.

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