Technology, Media & Telecoms

Japan helps Myanmar to enact Cybersecurity Law

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

THE Japanese government is providing support to Myanmar to come up with a cybersecurity law that will govern internet-related activities, particularly e-commerce.

Japanese experts recently participated in the e-commerce cybersecurity workshop held at the Ministry of Transport and Communications headquarters at Nay Pyi Taw, with the help of Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and communications.

“The workshop supported the processes of e-government and cybersecurity,” said U Tha Oo, deputy minister of Transport and Communications.

Sato Yukari, Japan’s deputy minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, said the workshop was aimed at supporting the cybersecurity plans of the Myanmar government.

“We introduced policies and the latest cybersecurity technology by sending experts serving in the industry in our country. The discussion means a lot to us,” she said.

Japan will continue to provide support to the government, such as sharing information and improving human resources, in order to develop an effective law, Yukari said. 

Transport and Communications Minister U Thant Sin Maung said the widespread use of smartphones and the internet in the country underscores the need to come up with the law in order to ensure the safe use of internet communications technology.

U Ye Naing Moe, director of the Information Technology and Cyber Security Department, noted the rise in the number of cybercrimes in the country.

“Social media is becoming more popular. Incidents such as Facebook account theft, human trafficking, fraud, and cybercrimes committed via social media are on the rise,” he said.

Myanmar has a weak cybersecurity system, said U Ye Naing Moe.

He cited the huge cyberattack during the 2010 general election, when internet access was cut off for nearly a month across the country.

He said that government websites have also been attacked recently by hackers sympathetic to the plight of Muslims in northern Rakhine State.

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