Concern about new law on computer crime

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first_img to go further ThailandAsia – Pacific Related documents Computer Crime ActPDF – 42.5 KB June 12, 2020 Find out more News Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the Computer Crime Act that took effect on 18 July. It allows the police to seize the computer files and online files of persons suspected of disseminating insulting or pornographic content.“The Thai military government is using the fight against pornography to conceal an increasingly restrictive policy towards online free expression,” the press freedom organisation said. “The government must combat online criminality and the sexual exploitation of human beings without committing new violations of free speech or personal privacy.”The new law requires Internet Service Providers to keep the online data of individual Internet users for 90 days. The authorities are empowered to examine this information without any judicial oversight. The police are also allowed to seize computers if they suspect illegal use has been made of them.Technologies, information and communication ministry spokesman Vissanu Meeyoo said “the aim of the law is to prevent the owners of computers from transmitting pornographic content or libellous messages.”Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the local NGO Freedom against Censorship in Thailand (FACT), described the law as “a threat and violation of privacy.” FACT said the measures “do not aim to prevent, as (the authorities) claim, but to control,” adding that the range of websites banned by the government went far beyond the requirements of the fight against pornography and “insults” to the monarchy.”Last April, the authorities blocked the video-sharing site YouTube and several other sites with content critical of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Reporters Without Borders voiced concern about the government’s Internet policies at the time. Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom ThailandAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News Receive email alertscenter_img You can read the Computer Crime Act : July 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about new law on computer crime Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar August 21, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand RSF_en News May 12, 2021 Find out more News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five yearslast_img

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