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Fearing revolution, Myanmar’s military gov’t wants to ban crypto and VPNs

Anyone in Myanmar caught using crypto or virtual private networks (VPN) could face up to three years in jail and hefty fines if the country’s military government passes a new cybersecurity law, reports The Register.

The bill was floated to government ministers on January 13. It intends to criminalize methods used by supporters of the country’s pro-democracy political class to organize, communicate, and support themselves.

Under the new rules:

  • Using a VPN without a military license risks one to three years in jail and a 5 million Kyat ($2,800) fine.

  • Transacting via crypto face six months to one year in jail and a similar fine.

  • Internet service providers must share citizen internet records if requested by authorities.

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