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6 minutes ago, YetAnother said:

hope it works for them and they feel some, mostly false, sense of security ; i wont play

 

The only default permission is for the camera.

 

But you do give your phone number to register (receiving the OTP via SMS). And you location is known when you scan the QR code at whatever location you enter.

 

I had to use QRs to enter: Terminal 21, my Bangkok Bank branch and Fodland yesterday.

 

Version 1.0.0 does not have an English option, as near I can determine. Suspect this will be coming in an update?

 

 

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Heard a lot of people are getting spam after using this so I will give it a miss for the mo.
Also some are using fake QR codes directing people to malicious sites.

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41 minutes ago, mtls2005 said:

But you do give your phone number to register (receiving the OTP via SMS). And you location is known when you scan the QR code at whatever location you enter.

 

I had to use QRs to enter: Terminal 21, my Bangkok Bank branch and Fodland yesterday.

The app is worthless if you do not have a smart phone. The paper sign up sheet is useless if you do not have a phone at all, and therefore do not have a phone number. What about tourists, if they ever are allowed to return, who don't have a Thai SIM plus a data plan, don't want one for just a two week or less trip, don't want to pay expensive roaming from the home country, don't have a fixed local address where the police can come and put them in quarantine by looking up the phone number that does not exist? Don't spend any money in Thailand: we'll make sure you don't, by not letting you into any store!!!.  The assumption that all people are identical in a trivially simple way, and conform to arbitrary requirements, not for a good reason but because the designer doesn't want to consider all use cases nor think too hard about solving the problem, leads to unworkable situations that serve only the lowest common denominator of users. All too common around this place. A technical "solution" that doesn't consider reality, is antisocial, leaves lots of people out, and is even impossible for some, is stupid, useless ..... and typically Thai.

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18 minutes ago, dave s said:

The app is worthless if you do not have a smart phone.

And internet access of course.

 

19 minutes ago, dave s said:

The paper sign up sheet is useless if you do not have a phone at all, and therefore do not have a phone number.

Did you provide a phone number to Immigration? Maybe use that?

 

 

20 minutes ago, dave s said:

What about tourists

I suspect one requirement for tourists, at least early on, will be to have a mobile, buy a local SIM. Then there's always to manual method.

 

22 minutes ago, dave s said:

A technical "solution" that doesn't consider reality, is antisocial, leaves lots of people out, and is even impossible for some, is stupid, useless ..... and typically Thai.

Many, many, many, many, many countries are utilizing both limited and comprehensive contact tracing.

 

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1 hour ago, brommers said:

Is he referring to the website, because there is no app under the name of thai chana in Google Play. And if it is the website I have a serious objection to the US flag being used to denote English. Americans do not speak English.

it's Thaichana.  Thai Chana won't bring it up.

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So, the app was launched initially around May 17, right? And, it's central purpose is to trace contacts someone has had if they test positive so that those people who were in the same place as that person can be notified, right? So, around two weeks into this, have there been any reports of the app working like that? Has anyone tested positive who used the app and then people notified? 

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SooKee, that brings up a Krungthai Bank app that is not in any language other than Thai and seems to be far from what is an official government app version of the original website that we were all assured would have absolute privacy but in fact has led to phishing. So there is nothing that I regard as an official app called Thaichana, Thai Chana or "Thaichana" or any other permutations of that spelling.

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Posted (edited)

already answered !

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Of course this in no way would be a step towards big brother in China's Orwellian Social Credit Score, where obedient muppets are allowed on trains & planes, in restaurants, to rent a home etc, whereas those critical in any way of the CCP can do nothing and go nowhere. A totalitarian dream come true.

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