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BFM Podcast: LANDMARK #22: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN OUR PERSONAL DATA IS LEAKED

Late last year, it was reported that the private data of 46.2 million mobile phone subscribers were leaked sometime in the middle of 2014. All 14 telcos were affected in what is Malaysia’s biggest ever data breach. Explaining what this means for you and me is lawyer Foong Cheng Leong. He chairs the KL Bar’s Information Technology and Publications Committee.

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BFM Podcast: LANDMARK #4: FACEBOOK

Subsequent to my update on the Malaysian 2016 cyberlaw cases, I was interviewed by BFM Radio to talk about general laws applicable to social media in Malaysia on 13 April 2017. I also covered the rules applicable to your digital data after your death and how to manage them in preparation of your death.


Who owns the pictures you post on Facebook? Can comments you post on Facebook be used against you in court, even after it is deleted? How is defamation defined on social media? On this episode of Landmark, a series exploring how the law shapes society and vice versa, lawyer Foong Cheng Leong talks us through recent rulings involving the social media platform and explains where the law currently stands when it comes to Facebook.

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BFM Podcast: CYBERSTALKING

I was interviewed by BFM Radio to talk about stalking and harassment laws in Malaysia in general on 10 January 2017.


Japan just recently introduced laws to ban cyberstalking after a musical artist there was stabbed by a fan. Malaysia, while having laws that deal with harassment, has yet to introduce laws on stalking. We hear from blogger Cindy on her experience with being stalked and lawyer Foong Cheng Leong on what laws we presently have to deal with it

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BFM Podcast: LANDMARK #3: INSULTS

I was interviewed by BFM Radio to talk about online insults and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 on 18 July 2016.


Last month, a 76-year-old man was arrested by the police for allegedly posting an insulting picture in a Whatsapp group chat. The man, identified as Pa Ya in media reports, was arrested in Petaling Jaya, where he lives, and taken into custody for investigation, under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, in Johor. On this month’s episode of Landmark, a series examining how the law shapes society as vice versa, lawyer Foong Cheng Leong explains what constitutes an insult and when it is considered an offense.

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BFM Podcast: APPLE VERSUS THE FBI

I was interviewed by BFM Radio to talk about US Government’s request to compel Apple Inc to assist in the access of a suspected terrorist’s iPhone on 24 February 2016.


On February 16, Apple published a message on its website, outlining to its customers that they would not be complying with a request from the U.S. government. The request was for Apple to unlock the iPhone encryption of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of two perpetrators of a mass shooting in San Bernardino last year. Explaining what’s at stake in the current debate between Apple and the U.S. Government is Foong Cheng Leong, chairman of the KL Bar Information Technology Committee, and a member of the Bar Council Intellectual Property Committee.

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BFM Podcast: Suing Illegal Downloaders

I was interviewed by BFM Radio to talk about illegal downloading of music, songs etc by internet users on 13 April 2015.


The makers of Dallas Buyers Club, the award winning movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, have been aggressively going after online pirates in the United States, Australia and now, Singapore. What set their legal strategy apart from similar efforts in the past, what are the implications for privacy rights, and will internet service providers in Malaysia have to surrender subscribers’ information as well if they extend their litigation to our shores? Intellectual property and privacy rights lawyer Foong Cheng Leong explains.

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BFM Podcast: Sedition, Porn and Torrents

I was interviewed by BFM Radio to talk about the regulation of social media space in Malaysia on 17 February 2015.


The Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar recently cautioned Malaysians to be mindful of what they post on social media platforms like twitter in order not to get on the wrong side of the law. Foong Cheng Leong, a lawyer who specializes on internet law, discusses how the social media space is regulated in Malaysia, the limits to freedom of speech on the internet, and our government’s position on the net neutrality debate.

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BFM Podcast: Revenge Porn

I was interviewed by BFM Radio to talk about revenge porn on 22 July 2014.



The availability of affordable smartphones and cheap mobile data are contributing to the rise of sextortion, the non-consensual publication online of explicit images, often by a former spouse or partner after a relationship turned sour. Does ownership of an image lie with the sender or receiver? And what legal framework is in place to address this growing concern?



Related Link: The Perils of “Revenge Porn” – Part 2

BFM Podcast: The Right to be Forgotten

I was interviewed by BFMRadio to talk about privacy laws and the right to be forgotten on 28 May 2014.


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In what could be a landmark case for internet privacy, the European Court of Justice ruled that Google must delete “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” data from its results when a member of the public requests it. Privacy rights lawyer Foong Cheng Leong joins our resident social media experts Ng Juan Hann from WAGO to explore the implication of the right to be forgotten and whether it contradicts the right to freedom of expression.

BFM Podcast: New Regulations for Online Shopping

Online cheating and internet scams are on the rise in Malaysia. In 2011, police figures showed a total of 1,879 online cheating cases, compared to 551 in 2009.

New regulations are being implemented in July 2013 to help protect shoppers from being cheated, and Sharmila Sekaran and Mr. Foong Cheng Leong from Loyarburok talk to Meera Sivasothy to explain how the new regulations work, and how to be more aware of the dangers of being cheated online.

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