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Intelligence agency seeks access to databases


The Cabinet on Tuesday approved in principle a law change allowing the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to access other state agencies’ databases.

Government spokesperson Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the agency proposed a new law to allow it access to the databases. This has been approved by the Cabinet and is now pending while it is reviewed by the Council of State before being submitted to the National Legislative Assembly for deliberation.
However, the NIA wished to access the databases ahead of the law’s enactment, Sansern said.
The NIA is interested in accessing 34 databases that are not classified as confidential, Sansern added. He citing some examples, including the database of personal driving licences. These, he said, would be helpful to security authorities in dealing with security or crime cases, and access to such data was available to similar agencies in developed countries

Published : November 21, 2017

By : The Nation