Malaysia Orders Cybercafes to Register Users

By Julian Matthews

December 29, 1998 (KUALA LUMPUR) — In a further challenge to the local Internet community, Malaysia directed all cybercafes to register their customers or have their permits revoked.
The directive was issued on Dec. 3 to all state governments to make it mandatory for cybercafes to maintain a record book to take down personal details such as the name, identity card number and home address of customers.

Housing and Local Government Minister Ting Chew Peh said the directive was effective immediately and would be an additional condition included in permits issued nationwide.

“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,” he said.

He said the move was also in response to a request from the Home Ministry, which he said had difficulties locating culprits who spread false information about the country.
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