Authorities in Thailand have approved plans that would require foreigners to use special SIM cards fitted with a tracking device while in the country. It is not yet clear how the plan will work.
Thailand approves plans to track tourists’ mobile phones with special SIM card
Thailand’s telecommunications regulator has approved plans to track tourists by requiring them to use special SIM cards while travelling in the country. Denying that it would be an invasion of privacy, the SIMs would allow authorities to catch those who are overstaying their visa.
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) said that the special SIM cards with come with a tracking device that the user would not be able to disable. However, they did not confirm how they would successfully stop foreigners from getting local Thai citizens to buy unrestricted SIM cards for them.
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*takes Thailand off traveling bucket list* https://t.co/UlImx49JSU
— Lieu, Pe of Fiascos (@Luke_FLYtalker) August 10, 2016
Want to visit Thailand? You’ll soon need to put a government-tracked SIM card in your phone. https://t.co/K1z6gnynyl
— Ken Andrade (@k808a) August 10, 2016
— Asian Correspondent (@AsCorrespondent) August 10, 2016
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As if criminals would use a Thai government SIM https://t.co/zUJ5WOVJHE
— ThaiMythbuster (@thaimythbuster) August 10, 2016
— The Straits Times (@STcom) August 9, 2016