Thailand is set to enact a controversial new regulation that would force coffee shops and restaurants to track and store the data of customers logging into their wifi connection, in the face of a growing international concern about free speech in the Southeast Asian nation.
Puttipong Punnakan, the minister of digital economy, has demanded that café owners keep a three-month log of their customers browsing data or face punishment for breaching the country’s strict Computer Crimes Act, in a move that critics fear could further stifle political dissent.
“Shops and cafes that offer wifi services must collect internet traffic information for 90 days, so in case there is anything, officials may need to request for the information,” he said, according to the Khaosod media website. at a news conference.
The data will be used by Thailand’s newly inaugurated “fake news centre,” which opened in August to monitor and track down information deemed false and inappropriate.
Critics of the new rules are concerned they could be misused in a country where freedom of speech has been seriously curbed since the military took control in a 2014 coup.
Any criticism against the 'monarchy' gets punished with long jail terms, under 'not so western conditions'.
Mr Puttipong made the announcement as a pro-democracy activist was arrested on suspicion of posting inappropriate comments and “hate talk” about the monarchy – an allegation of course denied denied by his lawyer.
Karn Pongpraphapan, 25, was charged with violating the cybercrime law, and now he faces FIVE years in jail - for posting a few comments online.
A statement from the Cyber Police Division did not specify any detail the complaint (of course, it's not that important.. ) - but accused him of posting “inappropriate content”, on Facebook, that had “upset a number of people.”
Oh SHIT! Upset a number of people! Donald Trump has upset a lot of many people, including the Pope, but are still the President of the United States, motherfucker!
Anyway, the man was charged under Section 14 of the Computer Crime Act, which bans disseminating (sharing) online contents that “pose a threat to national security.”
Heavy! Should we have a talk about how to behave in life?
Tell the man how he should have done !
POLITICAL AVENUE OUT