Cyber café and centres owners and users take note

If you’re running a cybercafé or a cyber centre in Kuala Lumpur or frequents such places in Kuala Lumpur, you should take note of the new Cyber Centre and Cyber Cafe (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) Rules 2012 (“Rules”) which came into force on 15 June 2012.

Under the Rules, any person operating a cybercafé and cyber centre must obtain a licence. A cybercafé is defined as “any place or premise providing computer facilities to surf internet and selling food and drinks to customer” whereas a “cyber centre” is defined as any place or premise providing computer facilities to surf internet. The definition of the former seems to be quite wide. The said definition may cover cafes and restaurant which serve food and drinks and internet services such as Starbucks.

With this new Rules, licencees must now maintain a customer entry record and a record of computer usage for each computer and the record must consists of the following items:-

(a) name and identity card number of users or passports number for non-citizens
(b) telephone number of users;
(c) identification number of computer used;
(d) date, time and period of use of such computer; and
(e) any other additional information which the licensee thinks necessary.

Further, licensee shall provide data transaction record system for internet usage for each computer in the licensed premise.

Any licensee who does not comply with the above rules is a liable to a fine or imprisonment or to both.

Download: Cyber Centre and Cyber Cafe (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) Rules 2012

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