Thailand approves plans to track tourists’ phones
(BBC) Thailand is considering requiring tourists to use special Sim cards that would allow authorities to track their mobile phones.
The plans have been approved in principle by Thailand’s telecommunications regulator, which denies it is an invasion of privacy.
The body says it is intended to catch those who overstay their visa.
More than 19 million foreigners have visited Thailand this year, says Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Ministry.
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) said the special Sim cards would come with tracking enabled, which the user could not turn off.
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