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Singapore government given sweeping powers to monitor computer activity

Singapore’s Parliament has approved plans to give the government sweeping powers to monitor all computer activity in the city-state and act against anyone it believes could use computers to threaten national security. The government will use pre-emptive scanning of electronic networks to detect possible threats, Senior Minister for Law and Home Affairs Ho Peng Kee told Parliament on Monday just before the bill was passed. Any person or organization can be ordered to take measures to prevent computer attacks, which could jeopardize the city state’s defense, essential services, or foreign relations, according to a new amendment in the Computer Misuse Act. Ho cited the threat of terrorism as the main reason to extend the government’s powers. Full Story

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