A bold new rule for tourists looks set to be introduced in one of Australia’s favourite overseas playgrounds.
Thailand’s telecommunications regulator has approved in principle a plan to make tourists use special SIM cards that would allow authorities to monitor their movements via their mobile phones.
It comes as the Thai military – which came to power in a 2014 coup – continues its crackdown on misbehaving tourists as well as during a time of high state surveillance of online activity throughout the country.
Under the plan the SIM cards would include a feature that allowed mobile operators to track and locate users at any time – although there has been little detail about how exactly a tracking system would be implemented.
The plan was originally set to apply to all foreigners – including residents on long-term visas – but it has been scaled back to just tourists.