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Thailand’s military is making plans to monitor the movements of ALL foreigners in the country.

A computer database is being developed to store information about foreigners to help authorities keep track of them while they are in Thailand, defense spokesman Kong­cheep Tantravanich admitted.

Tourists, investors and migrant workers are the core groups Thai security authorities want to better monitor with the help of the new database system, Lt Gen Kongcheep said.

This is part of the government’s internal security reform and measures to prevent and resolve transnational crimes and terrorism, said Lt Gen Kongcheep after a Wednesday meeting of the government’s fifth public administration reform steering committee, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.

Updates on the development of the database were acknowledged by Gen Prawit, Lt Gen Prawit, Lt Gen Kongcheep said.

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society is advising the team developing the database to ensure it will be linked to other systems containing information about foreigners to better keep tabs on them from when they enter Thailand until they leave the country, he said.

While waiting for the new database to be completed, law enforcement authorities have been assigned to step up crackdowns on foreigners staying illegally in Thailand, he said.

The Interior Ministry, Tourism and Sports Ministry and Social Development and Human Security Ministry are being assigned to carry out a survey on where foreigners are staying and keep a record of them, he said.

5 comments

Chris T. Mackins October 26, 2018 at 10:59 pm

well fancy that, the thai government is going to do what every other country does and monitor (oh my god) in an actual computer the movements of foreigners. what a misleading headline accompanied by a picture of military with guns! what a nothing made into a scare story. vyou guys should live up north here where we are more relaxed about life.

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JimmyCanB February 20, 2019 at 6:16 am

What other governments track tourists as they move about the country? No country I have been to does this. So it is not every other country.

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TruthIsBanned February 25, 2019 at 10:08 pm

Chris is an idiot. No police reports are required to be filed every time I stay in a hotel or at a friend’s home in any civilized nation I’m aware of. Only authoritarian countries like China or North Korea do it.

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Paul Paquette February 26, 2019 at 8:11 am

Yes. When I stayed with friends in Beijing, I was required to register with the local police. My friend had to bring a flash drive full of info on himself and home ownership in the process!
The Thai police have been doing this for years anyway. When you register at a hotel, the record of your name, passport info etc is forwarded to the police. This is nothing new. Just wait till facial recognition comes in like in China!
When you register at port of entry or for a visa, you list generally the first place where you are staying. After that, if you stay in a hotel etc it is reported. If you stay in a private home it is not. That’s the part they may be tightening up on.

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KhunKen Arve Pedersen March 9, 2019 at 6:32 pm

The New Soviet Union.

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