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Police Plan Raises Privacy Concerns

SURVEILLANCE—THAILAND

August 15, 2013

Police plan to keep tabs on messaging app users “who discuss issues that pose a potential threat to national security,” Bangkok Post reports, prompting critics to caution that “the plan violates the law and threatens to infringe on people's privacy.” The commander of Thailand’s Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) said the TCSD plan will not violate privacy but will “monitor messages with words that pose threats to national security, such as coup, monarchy, lese majeste, drugs, counterfeit goods and prostitution.” However, the Office of the National Human Rights chairwoman cautions, “This investigation method has a high risk of violating privacy because most chat conversations involve people sharing personal information.”
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