By: Wang Yang-yu, Yu Hsiang and Emerson Lim
Taipei, May 7 (CNA) A three-year travel restriction that applies to government officials who have had access to classified information but have already left their posts has been extended to six years, under a law amendment that was passed in the Legislature Tuesday.
The Classified National Security Information Protection Act was amended to close a loophole that lawmakers said allowed local government heads, in particular, to travel abroad without requiring permission, after they leave office.
Under Taiwan law, government officials or clerks who have handled classified information must seek government permission to travel overseas after their retirement, resignation, or transfer.
Prior to the amendment Tuesday, the law applied for a period of three years after the official left office, but that time could be shortened or lengthened, depending on the situation. [FULL STORY]