Thai cafes forced to track customers' wifi use, sparking free speech fears

Minister says law to retain browsing records would help monitor ‘fake news’, but critics say it will be used to stifle dissent

The Thai government has come under fire for a new regulation that forces coffee shop owners to track and store the data of customers using their wifi, a move critics say will be used to stifle political dissent and free speech.

Thailand’s digital economy and society ministry has demanded that cafe owners retain a log file of their customers’ browsing data for at least 90 days, in line with Section 26 of the country’s Computer Crimes Act.

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