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Cyber cafe to be more safe and general for public

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PETALING JAYA  –  Almost 80% of licensed cyber cafes in Selangor have installed transparent, untinted glass and adopted a more open computer layout in compliance with new guidelines by the state government.

Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Cyber Cafe Association president Bronson Chuah said licensed cyber cafes made the switch two years ago while discussing the guidelines.

“We are also seeing more operators adopting other conditions, such as installing software on computers to monitor customers’ online activities,” he told theSun yesterday.

He said these new guidelines would enable licensed operators to distinguish themselves from illegal cyber cafes and attract students and children to use them.

“We have been facing perception problems over the last three years as parents felt we were the cause of students playing truant in schools, and these guidelines will change that,” he said.

Under the new guidelines, all patrons are required to sign in using their MyKad or MyKid, and customers under 18 will be automatically logged off computers after 10pm.

Chuah added the new guidelines, expected to be incorporated in all local council by laws this year, will finally allow some 200 cyber cafes who were operating without a license due to a six-year-old freeze, to resubmit their applications.

“The new conditions while stringent will not burden operators, therefore cyber cafes whose applications were rejected will find it easier to comply with the new rules,” he said.  – thesundaily