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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Educate public on changes in e-technology, CAP urged

Warn kids against revealing personal information on FB, Govt urged

THE Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has urged the Government to take pro-active measures in raising awareness consumers on the rapid changes in electronic technology.

“If Malaysia is truly to become a knowledge society, the citizens must be knowledgeable and be aware of the dangers and risks that come with new technology.

“It can easily be done if a part of the tax revenue from the profits of technology companies is used to educate consumers on the right use of the technology that most people have become dependent on today,” CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris said in a statement yesterday.

“Children must also be informed on the dangers of revealing personal details on social networking sites such as Facebook and others,” he said.

Mohamed Idris said the Government should also provide facilities for encryption and decryption of data, and make mandatory for mobile phones, tablets and computers to be equipped with them.

“Encryption is the only way of communication secured enough for the military or banking, where a high level of security is de-sired,” he said.

Mohamed Idris was commenting on press reports that Singa-pore was a key partner of the 5-Eyes intelligence group that allegedly tapped telephones and monitored communication networks in Kuala Lumpur.

Is The Five Eyes Alliance watching you?

Based on information leaked by intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden, Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad reported that Singapore was a key ‘third party’ providing the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand access to Malaysia’s communication channel.

Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald cited documents leaked by Snowden alleging that Singapore military intelligence was helping the US, British and Australian spy agencies tap data passing through a major undersea cable that is partly owned by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd

Sources: The Star/Asia News Network

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