Jump to content
BANGKOK

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

webfact

Phuket Police chief stumped over tourist SIM cards bypassing national security

Recommended Posts

Phuket Police chief stumped over tourist SIM cards bypassing national security
Tanyaluk Sakoot

1457509057_1-org.jpg
Col Teeraphol Thipjaroen, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Police, says he is powerless to prevent tourists from receiving unregistered SIM cards for mobile phones. Photo:

PHUKET: -- The arrest of a Chinese national in Phuket last Saturday for providing a Thai SIM card to a suspect in a botched gun heist in Bangkok has left the Phuket Police chief floundering about what to do with tour operators handing out Thai SIM cards to tourists.

Col Teeraphol Thipjaroen, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Police, admitted to The Phuket News this week that he had no authority to force operators to have tourists register their SIM cards – despite the mandatory requirement for all users to register their SIM cards with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC).

The Thai Cabinet last year made the registration of prepaid Thai SIM cards a legal requirement, citing national security concerns.

In particular, in order to register a Thai prepaid SIM card the actual user must present him or herself at an official mobile phone company branch in person, and requires a photo of the SIM user’s face and presentation of his or her passport.

The issue reared its ugly head after the arrest of Chinese national Su Su, 29, in Pa Khlok on Saturday (Mar 5).

Full story: http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-police-chief-stumped-over-tourist-sim-cards-bypassing-national-security-56534.php

tpn.jpg
-- Phuket News 2016-03-09

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Same for terrorists who use a Thai nominee to get a prepaid SIM.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your national security depends on registered sim cards, then you have much bigger problems.

You think a really bad guy can't get a sim that's not on his name? He can't pay some poor sucker to get his sim or buy one for him?

It's about mass surveillance. This way they can build massive databases of movement information of all people.

How did national security survive in the age before smartphones? Where was the apocalyps?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

this would be funny if it wasnt so typically stupid and sad......Hub of ...........blink.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your national security depends on registered sim cards, then you have much bigger problems.

You think a really bad guy can't get a sim that's not on his name? He can't pay some poor sucker to get his sim or buy one for him?

It's about mass surveillance. This way they can build massive databases of movement information of all people.

How did national security survive in the age before smartphones? Where was the apocalyps?

If you think that he meant that Thailand's entire national security programme depends on SIM cards being registered then it's you that has problems. SIM registration is a small part of national security for every country, not just Thailand.

Only the paranoid think that "it's about mass surveillance".

Before the age of smartphones bombs were not being detonated by smartphones, smartphones just added to any existing security issues.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They get very worried, when they cannot control EVERYTHING.

regards Worgeordie

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your national security depends on registered sim cards, then you have much bigger problems.

You think a really bad guy can't get a sim that's not on his name? He can't pay some poor sucker to get his sim or buy one for him?

It's about mass surveillance. This way they can build massive databases of movement information of all people.

How did national security survive in the age before smartphones? Where was the apocalyps?

If you think that he meant that Thailand's entire national security programme depends on SIM cards being registered then it's you that has problems. SIM registration is a small part of national security for every country, not just Thailand.

Only the paranoid think that "it's about mass surveillance".

Before the age of smartphones bombs were not being detonated by smartphones, smartphones just added to any existing security issues.

Well they said that selling anonymous sim cards threatens national security. So yes, they indeed said that it depends on registered sim cards. It might depend on a thousand other things as well but it's still a dependency.

And if they could detonate bombs before smartphones then they can still do so if smartphones turn out to be not the best tool anymore.

If you call people paranoid because mass phone data collection isn't used for mass surveillance then I suspect you are living under a rock.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Im sure the police chief is stumped by many current Phuket situations the main being how he and so many of his subordinate clowns manage to keep their jobs when law enforcement is nothing more than a facade to protect an island of organised crime.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Niot sure about tour operators handing out sim cards which I find hard to believe.....but the phone companies are supposed to report all cards sold.......so it's not a foreigner issue!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No sim card registration required in Vietnam.

They are easily and cheaply bought from "Mom and Pop stores" and the big retailers.

Buy one, load it up and activate "Global Roaming" using a brand new phone.

Bring the sim and phone to Thailand. Untraceable.

If a criminal wanted to have the investigation looking in another direction, buy an old secondhand phone and use that.

No point having sim registration in Thailand when next door doesn't.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I thought that unregistered numbers were unusable.

I seem to recall having a couple of friends having their numbers blocked until they went in and registered them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your national security depends on registered sim cards, then you have much bigger problems.

You think a really bad guy can't get a sim that's not on his name? He can't pay some poor sucker to get his sim or buy one for him?

It's about mass surveillance. This way they can build massive databases of movement information of all people.

How did national security survive in the age before smartphones? Where was the apocalyps?

If you think that he meant that Thailand's entire national security programme depends on SIM cards being registered then it's you that has problems. SIM registration is a small part of national security for every country, not just Thailand.

Only the paranoid think that "it's about mass surveillance".

Before the age of smartphones bombs were not being detonated by smartphones, smartphones just added to any existing security issues.

Thats a load of BS. I travel to many countries and can freely buy and use a sim card. I don't register. Thailand is wacked out thinking a tourist is going to spend a day submitting photo, passport and fill out forms in order to use a sim card for a few days while in Thailand. What a load of rubbish!

If this is the only way Thailand has to "secure" itself then it is in a lot of trouble! How stupid they are!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your national security depends on registered sim cards, then you have much bigger problems.

You think a really bad guy can't get a sim that's not on his name? He can't pay some poor sucker to get his sim or buy one for him?

It's about mass surveillance. This way they can build massive databases of movement information of all people.

How did national security survive in the age before smartphones? Where was the apocalyps?

If you think that he meant that Thailand's entire national security programme depends on SIM cards being registered then it's you that has problems. SIM registration is a small part of national security for every country, not just Thailand.

Only the paranoid think that "it's about mass surveillance".

Before the age of smartphones bombs were not being detonated by smartphones, smartphones just added to any existing security issues.

As a fellow scouser I can't work out how you can fail to spot that the registering of sims was just another in the long list of measures being used by this govt to tighten the screws on the populous.

Try using a bit of that scouse savvy and work out the real situation here. You're giving us a bad name showing such niaivity.

Up the Redmen!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...