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New bill shores up travel restrictions on those with intelligence access


A new bill that would tighten travel restrictions on people with access to classified information has undergone its first review in committee.


The bill would amend the Classified National Security Information Protection Act, barring workers with access to national secrets from leaving Taiwan for three years after leaving their positions.


A three-year ban on travel outside Taiwan is already on the books for these workers after they quit or retire. However, certain government agencies can adjust the period. In practice, the three-year travel restriction is often shortened.


The new bill would allow agencies to decide whether to extend the three-year ban, but it would take away their power to shorten it.