Until this day, we had doubts. It seemed too big to be true (read here)… The shamefull Cyber Crime Act, pushed by the Junta in 2007 (read here)… included an obligation for “Internet services providers” to store Internet traffic data for 90 days.
Log systems for everybody ?
The burning question was : what is the definition of a “services provider”. Internet cafes or other public places ? Or all privates companies, with a just computer network and an Internet access (for email for instance) ?
This article published in Bangkok Post today, with quotes from an official of the IT Ministry seems to give a final answer…
They dit it ! 😉
It’s important to note that Thailand is the only country in the world to have such obligation… I mean even China does not have such requirement…
Can you imagine the mess ? And the costs of such broad technical obligation ? The endless new opportunies for corruption (what we can call “targeted implementation of laws and regulations”)… ?
It’s unbelievable, astonishing.
From Aug 23, private firms, organisations and government agencies will be required to store all internet traffic data for 90 days so it is available as digital evidence for police. Pol Col Yannapol Youngyuen, commander of the Bureau of Technology and Cyber Crime at the Department of Special Investigation, said the IT Ministry order has no exceptions and will include banks, hotels, schools and internet cafes.
He said digital evidence gathered from computers is useful in tracking those engaged in cyber crime.
Cyber offences, ranging from email forwarding of pornographic pictures to posting libellous messages on forums, are on the rise, Pol Col Yannapol said, but police agencies find it hard to gather the evidence to bring the perpetrators to justice.
He said internet cafes will also be required to collect information to identify computer users, such as ID cards, time of logging in and sites visited. Shops that fail to heed the rules will face fines up to 500,000 baht, he said. (Bangkok Post)
And what is even more astonishing is the silence of the current government (democratically elected as we say). They should abrogate this infamous law designed by the generals. But it seems that Samak has other, more urgent, priorities…
And what about the “opposition”, the so called Democrat Party, led by Abhisit, the so called “new thai politician” educated in the UK ? Again, a striking silence.
If we can assume that Samak and all his friends don’t give a rat shit about Internet, right to privacy and freedom, what are the positions of Abhisit on these issues ?
Accomplice nothing less…
UPDATE AUGUST 15
A very interesting commentary published by Bangkok Post : “Cyber crime: Big Brother is watching” (with timeline, and other details, and particularly on the very broad interpretation of the law from the ICT Ministry).