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Thailand approves increased online controls

Thailand's National Legislative Assembly passed an amended version of the country's Computer Crime Act that raised privacy and rights concerns, Khaosod reported Dec. 16.

The changes to the 2007 law reportedly give authorities more power to control and censor the internet in Thailand, including decrypting online traffic.

The legislation was opposed by rights groups including Thai Netizen Network and Amnesty International Thailand, as well as business interests and Thai citizens, claiming it will limit online expression. A petition against the revised law received more than 300,000 signatures.

The law now awaits the king's royal endorsement within 20 days.