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UN office responds to Thailand's cyberlaw revisions

The newly amended version of Thailand's Computer Crime Act has drawn the attention of the U.N. Human Rights Office.

The regional office for Southeast Asia said in a Dec. 19 statement on its Facebook page that it wrote to Thailand's National Legislative Assembly about changes to the Computer Crime Act, saying they could severely restrict freedom of expression, assembly and privacy online.

The U.N. office also expressed concern about amendments to the law that allow the Thai government to obtain personal data from internet service providers without a court's permission and prosecute third parties for hosting "distorted" content online.

Penalties include up to five years in prison and fines under the amended law.