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Is Taiwan becoming a surveillance state? Privacy advocates sound alarm

Postby MrFredPFL » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:48 pm

Story : https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2163365/taiwan-becoming-surveil





In the island’s first hearing last week to address “digital human rights” in the face of growing communications surveillance by the government, legislator Yu Mei-nu, of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, expressed concern about the authorities prying into the secrets and private communications of online users.

“There is no law specifically regulating this kind of surveillance and protecting the privacy of the internet users in Taiwan,” Yu told the hearing, citing the TAHR report.

Late last year, news agencies reported that the police were pursuing a NT$500 million programme (US$16.2 million) to develop a special app to increase its digital communications surveillance power.

Seeing the trend grow unchecked, some critics even said this could lead to the return of the “thought police” – a reference to the now defunct Taiwan Garrison command during the island’s period of martial law, between 1949 and 1987, which silenced dissenting voices and censored any writings and speeches against the government.







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