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Mor Chana app – what you need to know

Tanutam Thawan



So what’s going on with the new Mor Chana app?

As far as the Thai Government is concerned, it’s part of their fight to track and trace the Covid-19 virus during this current outbreak. More Chana is a contact tracing tool.

In essence, the app will allow you to check in when you go to different locations around Thailand, enter shops and buildings. As guests in the country, expats and travellers here should acknowledge that we have a role and responsibility to play in getting this current situation under control, as well as the Thais.

Of course you are well entitled to decide NOT to download and activate the app but the narrative from the government is that they see More Chana as an important part of their strategy. The app will also alert you when you are entering areas or provinces of potentially high risk. Being alert to these situations is like being alert to any other type of news.

So far, the application has been downloaded more than 3 million times


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    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Ill comment here what i have said on another post. Reviews for the app on the play store, many people are complaining the app increases battery use so maybe if thay want more people to use it they should fix the problems first. (i won’t be using it till the problems are fix)

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      Fred glue

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:38 pm

      BRAVO, tony.

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    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    “As guests in the country, expats and travellers here should acknowledge that we have a role and responsibility to play in getting this current situation…”

    Yeah as guests… You mean as customer? Dual price policy and overcharge each they can doesn’t make you a guest. So no we don’t have a greater role to play, playing the same role is enough to me

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    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    3 million times out of 70 million citizens, I acknowledge that there are young and old that are not mentality able to download it/or even own a smart phone but its still a really small number, that I don’t even think all who works in law enforcement, military and other government entities has downloaded it.

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    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Give up civil liberties for the greater good…what hogwash. We are constantly having our civil liberties further restricted because of the lesser bad. How about the government do their job and address the lesser bad directly instead of requiring the greater good to capitulate to more laws, rules and regulations that were created in response to the lesser bad????? What part of that can’t governments understand?

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    Issan John

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Thais have nicknamed it “Mia Chana” rather than Mor Chana as according to Thai social media it’s a bit like having a Mia Noi!

    TBH, with the current numbers any local outbreak of Covid is all over social media so quickly that everyone who’s been near anyone testing positive for Covid is “track ‘n’ traced” quicker on social media and by local gossip than any “world beating” system could possibly do it.

    I knew about the local outbreak in Loei 24 hours before there was any mention of it in the news, in a lot more detail including who’d been where meeting whom, and I’m a farang and I don’t even live in the village and hear the gossip.

    If things get worse and more complicated I’m sure Mor Chana will be used more, but hopefully that won’t be necessary.

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    Jake Pattaya

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Most governments if want can follow your phone so they don’t need ann app to spy on you. App is actually something also for us not just for them.
    Just downloaded, it ask you for permission to camera – you can give. Foto I made of black wall at night.
    No photo, no name or date of birth, no email adres, same anonymity as without app, just sending warnings to your device , without collecting and even wanting to collect that data. They know. This app is to put it to use by us. Unfortunately this app is even more difficult then Tinder as it’s same thing, it doesn’t work without or not enough people. So far as I see it’s waiting if I go make moves z all thing done in 30 sec , it’s bluetooth which is consuming the battery, but that’s nothing compared to benefits is use by everyone.

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      Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 1:03 am

      So you need to have Bluetooth activated all the time? Do you know what potential security risks you open up your phone to by walking around with Bluetooth enabled? Thank you but no thanks.

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        Jake Pattaya

        Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9:47 pm

        No I don’t know what potential risk by having bluetooth on, please enlighten me

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    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 1:00 am

    I would never download an app like this, essentially giving the government access to all your movement. Who knows what this data can and will be used for under this regime. We just saw it in Singapore that the tracking data was used for other purposes.

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    Jack Sombra

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 3:12 am

    Sorry but you don’t ask ‘guests’ to pay more for everything unless you are the worst ‘host’ in history, its time to stop that fiction we are “guests” and the need to act like such.

    Foriegners are customers and badly treated ones at that.

    And 3 million out of 69 million is about 4%, in other words a total failure.

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    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:22 am

    Those that give up freedom for security deserve neither.

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      Jake Pattaya

      Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9:56 am

      Freedom of smoking in public (causing health problems to others), being in the back seat without seat belt( in case of accident squashing the driver in front of you), not wearing mask during Covid(spreading deadly virus unknowingly) or refusing to tell government which places you visited by not downloading app ( making it nearly impossible to find out who were you in line with in 7/11 and if that person was found 3 days later positive, to inform you that you are at risk.
      What else they can use it for? They know your phone location anyway without your bluetooth, bluetooth technology is to detect other phones with the app to trace contacts and the app is just an user friendly interface. NOBODY WANTS TO ENSLAVE YOU, stop being paranoid!

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        Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 1:53 pm

        Jake, let’s dig into your 7/11 example!

        First of all, I thought the temperature checks where enough (just joking), anyway, after the infected person got tested and realized that he/she was infected. How long –days/weeks/months– do you think will have past, since I stood inline with this person at 7/11. AND how many people to you think that I have met…and how many persons those people have met and so on???

        Please open your eyes and think a bit for yourself, then play different scenarios in your head before determine what you believe.

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          Issan John

          Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:16 pm

          Ted, you’re missing the whole point of a targeted and tiered track ‘n’ trace system, which grades all those you and anyone else someone infected may have met into high, medium or low risk.

          That’s the system Thailand has, while other countries have their own “world beating” systems.

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            Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 5:19 pm

            John let’s look it from a different perspective, and take a look at out selves. I can only guess that most people live their life, like I do, by using their knowledge of the past to make smarter and more helpful decisions in the future. This app does not that, It purely focus on the past.
            Yeah an alarm will ring in your phone if you’re entering a “Red area”, the virus doesn’t follow a map or the time or car about you having a glass of wine to your dinner!
            My best guess, about the alarm, is that it will be like when you drive a car and only tells you when you are entering a new speed limit (most often lower) but it hardly ever tells you when the speed limit has has changed again and you don’t realize it until you are once more hit by “Slow Down” sign with the same speed as before…meaning, you won’t know that you have exited the Red area before you’ve entered a new one.

            Enjoy your Saturday, time for me to take a powernap before my evening run!

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:12 pm

        Jake, I agree with a great deal of what you say, but to be fair having your bluetooth turned on all the time does make it relatively easy for someone to access any information you have on your phone even if you limit bluetooth accessibility or visibility.

        It’s a Catch 22, unfortunately.

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          Jake Pattaya

          Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10:06 pm

          It’s a trade off, but risk can be minimalized. Update your Android with Google’s latest security patch.Ensure that you have the most recent Security Patch Level.
          There is always a bit of risk by using your debit card in ATM , it can be copied but we still take it.

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    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 6:01 am

    a part of their strategy???….yeah right..I’m sure it is…they nailed it right on the head!!

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    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 6:56 am

    If anyone has downloads it like I have and one of the questions is “ do you work and come close with foreigners” that says it all really.

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      Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:25 am

      That question in the app made me cringe a bit also Susan when I saw it. I wish they had been a bit more on point with the question with respect to what I believe (hope) they really care about which is contact with someone who has illegally crossed the border and not been tested and quarantined.

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:39 pm

        I think you’re probably reading rather more into it than was intended.

        As has been pointed out, the app only works if enough people download it, and what will put more people off:

        … those who don’t want to download it because they don’t think it’s politically correct, (current question, “do you work and come close with foreigners”), or …

        … those who don’t want to download it because they don’t want to admit to working with and coming into close contact with illegal border crossers (your version, “do you work and come close with someone who has illegally crossed the border and not been tested and quarantined”)?

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    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:00 am

    I may have missed it…
    The difference between the two apps? Mor Chana and Thai Chana.
    I’ve been using Thai Chana for months. Just downloaded Mor Chana.
    Use both at Big C [sic]? Etc…?

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    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 12:38 am

    I’m a foreign tourist senior citizen.I travel a lot I have no need for a mobile but I do have one.A standard cell phone no WiFi required. I have it sould I be in a situation where I need heip. 100 Baht will last me yonks. I have no need for a smart phone as I have no need for internet and how am I going to get Wi-Fi from.
    If the Government want people to have a smart phone then thay must have a free WiFi all over the country for the app to record one’s movement

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    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Never heard of it. Pass.

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