Google ‘concerned’ about Thai Computer Crime Act

Google has said it’s concerned about the Thai Computer Crime Act hurting its operations in the country.

Google reps attended a government meeting last Friday where they expressed their concerns about the ambiguity of the law, Khaosod English reported.

But the internet search giant said it was willing to cooperate with Thailand and take down websites deemed illegal after a court order was issued, said Media Reform Committee spokesman Apichart Jongsakul.

Google will outline its concerns in a letter to the committee, which is also planning meetings with Facebook and Line as part of its remit to increase internet censorship and crack down on social media users.

Last October the junta attracted criticism for its “Single Gateway” plan, in which it proposed to unify all internet gateways so it could more easily monitor and control the inflow of information in Thailand.

However it climbed down from the plan after thousands protested, with more than 150,000 signing a petition against the proposal and cyber attackers launching DDoS attacks on government websites, taking several offline.

Related:

Thailand’s internet ‘not free’ under military rule, says Freedom House

Great Firewall of Thailand? Single gateway plan ‘misunderstood’ says ICT Minister


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