AsiaBizTech: Malaysia Orders Cybercafes to Register Users

All cybercafes must register their customers or have their
permits revoked.

“Of late, there have been numerous cases of cybercafes being
abused by unscrupulous people to spread malicious lies about the
country via the Internet. We want to exercise tighter control and
supervision over the activities in cybercafes, which is a new
phenomenon in the country,” said Housing and Local Government
Minister Ting Chew Peh.

“He added that cybercafe operators must produce the record books
on request by police and local authorities, and random checks would
be carried out to assure compliance.”

“The move is part of a series of developments by the Malaysian
government in recent times that appears in conflict with its
guarantee of freedom of information on the Internet.”

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