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Internet usage is now over 89 percent

Malaysia – Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Jailani Johari said social media users found that 15.5 per cent of consumers were among adolescents under 19 years of age.

Internet usage in the country has now risen to 89.3 per cent compared to 80 per cent in 2016, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

The findings also found that social media users use the Internet about four hours a day,” he said in reply to Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Kulai) question.

He said Facebook account owners rose from 96.5 % in 2016 to 97.3 % to date, as well as Instagram (46.7 % to 56.1 %) and Twitter (26.5 per cent to 26.6 per cent).

On the protection of personal data, he said Internet users should be more cautious of channeling information especially through social media as data were collected daily and without borders.

Jailani also advised Internet users to use a ‘alphanumeric’ password, a combination of numbers and letters as a protective measure.

He said among the modus operandi most commonly used cybercriminals were hacking techniques, physical thefts such as laptops and smartphones, camouflage such as using e-mail and social media.

In addition, Jailani said the ministry had always reminded telecommunications companies to check the transaction system to ensure they were not hacked.

He said the move was included in the terms of the license to be complied with by the telecommunications company.

He said that up to now three cases have been charged under the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 and were all sentenced by the court.

Any form of disclosure of personal information without the consent of the data user through any platform including the Internet is an offense and upon conviction, the accused may be liable to a fine not exceeding RM500,000 or imprisonment for not more than three years, or both.- unifi Malaysia


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