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MRT Passengers must register their Stored Value cards from 8th August 2020

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MRT Bangkok's Facebook page is announcing that as of August 8th 2020 all passengers using stored value cards must register next time they top up or buy a new card.

 

For us foreigners that means you will need your passport (should just be one time).

 

This is the same legal requirement as for Rabbit.

 

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Page is in Thai, but FaceBook translate works quite well.

 

 

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I suspect that BEM finally lost the fight to avoid registration. Rabbit fought for several years before finally having to come on board with the government requirement.

 

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1 hour ago, dimitriv said:

So the government will also be able to see when you are using the MRT, and where you go.

If the government really had any interest in the paranoid and where you go it wouldn't need to rely on a train ticket.

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7 hours ago, Bob A Kneale said:
8 hours ago, dimitriv said:

So the government will also be able to see when you are using the MRT, and where you go.

If the government really had any interest in the paranoid and where you go it wouldn't need to rely on a train ticket.

 

Not hard to envision a day when someone on a few days' overstay gets met at an MRT station and dragged to the IDC for a big fine and blacklist, instead of quietly paying a small overstay fee when they leave at the airport. 

 

Could be quite an earner...  It would fit right in with the smart cars.

 

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3 minutes ago, impulse said:

 

Not hard to envision a day when someone on a few days' overstay gets met at an MRT station and dragged to the IDC for a big fine and blacklist, instead of quietly paying a small overstay fee when they leave at the airport. 

 

Could be quite an earner...  It would fit right in with the smart cars.

 

There's an solution to that potential problem...don't get on overstay, stay legal if you don't want interaction with the authorities.  Has your vision ever been reported as happening as a result of BTS cards having to be registered or foreigner's phones having to be registered with passports? 

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22 hours ago, Bob A Kneale said:

If the government really had any interest in the paranoid and where you go it wouldn't need to rely on a train ticket.

Facial Recognition is probably already being used by the CCTV cameras anyway (at least the working cameras)

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19 hours ago, phetphet said:

Maybe not. But they sure are spending a lot of time giving themselves the ability to collect that information. Passport needed to buy a travel card?

What other reasons could they possible have for doing so? Certainly not the old "anti money laundering " chesnut.

The problem, this happens more and more in different countries.

Check, Re-check, total control about you and me.

And there are still a lot of people  who put their heads in the sand like an ostrich and say it is not so bad, or you have an aluminium cap.

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Just now, Peterphuket said:

The problem, this happens more and more in different countries.

Check, Re-check, total control about you and me.

And there are still a lot of people  who put their heads in the sand like an ostrich and say it is not so bad, or you have an aluminium cap.

Even here you'll have to be careful with what you sat, the internet never forget.

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On 7/24/2020 at 2:52 PM, Bob A Kneale said:

If the government really had any interest in the paranoid and where you go it wouldn't need to rely on a train ticket.

Yes now that they have Thai chacha they can track you everywhere you go.

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I assume the people worried about this don't use social media. Does LIne have the ability to track you? I would hazard a guess. Yes.

 

And Grab and Uber. And many other apps.

 

And the government's TM 30, 90 day report, and...

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I, for one, will miss laundering money via my MRT stored value card. I might need to switch to trading 7/11 stamps underground.

 

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