Kazakhstan Halts Introduction of Internet Surveillance System
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Kazakhstan has halted the implementation of an internet surveillance system criticized by lawyers as illegal, with the government describing its initial rollout as a test. From a report: Mobile phone operators in the oil-rich Central Asian nation’s capital, Nur-Sultan, had asked customers to install an encryption certificate on their devices or risk losing internet access. State security officials said its goal was to protect Kazakh users from “hacker attacks, online fraud and other kinds of cyber threats.” The certificate allowed users’ traffic to be inter