Thailand ISPs could potentially be criminally prosecuted if their subscribers commit computer crimes, including posting false information into a computer system.
Thailand ISPs could potentially be criminally prosecuted if their subscribers commit computer crimes, including posting false information into a computer system.

Thai telecommunication companies are bristling at a proposed law that would criminally punish ISPs for computer crimes perpetrated by their users, and place the burden of proof on these providers to defend themselves.

According to reports by Telecomasia.net and The Stack, attorneys from telecom companies TrueMove H and DTAC have criticized the latest version of Thailand's Computer Misuse Act, which states that any service provider intentionally supporting or consenting to a computer offense is subject to the same penalty that is imposed on the person who committed the actual crime.

Under Thai law, the simple act of entering false information into a computer system can constitute a computer crime – a hard-line policy that some critics regard as government censorship tactics, The Stack reported. At a recent seminar, DTAC's legal representative Akarawit Jongsawasdiworakul said that the new law forces companies to heavily allocate resources toward monitoring subscriber activity rather than improving service, Telecomasia.net reported.