Connect with us

Thailand

Government in control of Mor Chana app, says user data will be kept private

Avatar

Published 

 on 

PHOTO: Thai PBS World

The Thai government is taking full control of the Mor Chana application, which is used to trace Covid-19 infections and alert users if they are in a high risk area. The Digital Economy and Society Minister says the government will still be working closely with the app developers, adding that users can be assured that their data will be kept private.

The Mor Chana Volunteer Team, the app developer, made a post on their Facebook page saying the Mor Chana contact tracing application will be 100% under government management and control from now. The team will be responsible only for the open source programme development. The post has prompted public comments about the reason behind the application handover to the government.

Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta says the government will take full responsibility for the application management and control measures, but the collaboration with the app developers will continue. The developer team’s announcement is just to inform the public about the app.

He also says some app functions will be redesigned and adjusted to be more friendly to use and won’t violate users’ data privacy. Personal information such as users’ names and mobile numbers for registration won’t be required anymore.

SOURCE: Post Today

 

Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Ian

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Private for who 555

  2. Avatar

    Newz4U

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    The developers of the app probably had no choice but to turn it over to the military run government.

    “Private” means private people will be watched and tracked by the government. Soon, it will be mandatory for anyone with a smart phone to have.

    And the app will probably have ability to track you, even if you do not have wifi.

    Technology…don’t you just love it?

    • Avatar

      MYOB

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:23 am

      Is having a smart phone mandatory? Is having it charged mandatory. Is having internet service mandatory. Would the govt like to pay my phone bill?

      Ya thought so.

      As if the providers and all the other apps don’t have full control already of all your data, contacts, camera, microphone etc.

      Tell me a website that has never been hacked? Lol.

  3. Avatar

    Graham White

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Trust me. I’m a Thai politician. You can take my word for it. Honest.

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Monday, January 18, 2021 at 8:20 pm

      Hmmm … if “Personal information such as users’ names and mobile numbers for registration won’t be required anymore” then how do you register?

      Or does the app simply access your mobile number anyway once downloaded to it, so it’s not required for registration as it already has it? … and, presumably, the user’s name?

      All a bit too perplexing for the technologically challenged, like me.

    • Avatar

      Strider

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 8:26 am

      No need to use the word “Thai”, politician is quite sufficient.

  4. Avatar

    Issan John

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Hmmm … if “Personal information such as users’ names and mobile numbers for registration won’t be required anymore” then how do you register?

    Or does the app simply access your mobile number anyway once downloaded to it, so it’s not required for registration as it already has it? … and, presumably, the user’s name?

    All a bit too perplexing for the technologically challenged, like me.

  5. Avatar

    Mister Stretch

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    The government is taking control…from the app developers, which means up til now, the developers, whomever they are have your data.

    The government is in control? That’s just as frightening.

  6. Avatar

    Ynwaps

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Facebook and others have claimed the same for years. If anything this makes me more suspicious lol

  7. Avatar

    per_fect

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    isnt that the problem? The government is in charge of the app. It would probably be better if someone else was…

  8. Avatar

    Andre

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 2:47 am

    So the data was actually rather secure and only used for it’s intended purposes before this? Now it is used by the junta to track people – excellent tool to find out if you have been in proximity of any protestors or other people that spread “lies” about the perfect government or even the german.

    • Avatar

      MYOB

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:27 am

      Eh they’re getting desperate. Over time, every govt has always run into problems and eventually they get ousted. Tis is life.

      Eventually the “nation state,” and invisible lines called borders will get dissolved by disruptive technologies.

  9. Avatar

    Issan John

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    I simply can’t see the point.

    If any government wants to track you via your phone they can always do so even if you turn off your “location services” and GPS – that’s nothing new.

    If you have to show you’ve downloaded it to go to certain areas but you don’t want it on your phone for any reason, and you don’t want to be tracked by it, you can just download it to an old phone without a sim card via wi-fi, then turn off wi-fi on that phone and that phone can’t be tracked.

    The app’s useless as an “all-informed” Covid perspectiv unless the majority download it – and so far only around 5% of the population have.

    From an “all-informed” Covid tracking perspective, it’s also completely unnecessary at the moment as the known cases are so few, comparatively, that they’re all over social media so everyone knows anyway.

    It’s pointless, completely unnecessary, and just alienates a lot of people for no reason other than “keeping up with the Jones’s” and “toys for the boys”.

    It’s another submarine, although it’ll probably upset more people – not just unnecessary and pointless but completely counter-productive.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow Thaiger by email:

Hua Hin15 mins ago

Elephant that broke into Hua Hin kitchen now in memes and ads

Tourism1 hour ago

Phuket governer reviews rules, new details for July 1 arrivals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Shipment of 2 million Sinovac vaccines arrive from China

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Autopsy requested for young policeman with vaccine

Thailand5 hours ago

Despite corruption allegations, street lamp project continues in Samut Prakan

Thailand5 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Sandbox is GO, vaccine cocktails, US warning on Thai travel | June 23

Best of6 hours ago

Top 5 Provinces to visit near Bangkok

Tourism6 hours ago

CCSA gives details on “Phuket Sandbox” and “Samui Plus” travel schemes

Best of6 hours ago

Top 5 Cities to visit in Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Gap between AstraZeneca vaccines cut from 16 to 12 to 8 weeks

Best of6 hours ago

Top 5 Steakhouses in Bangkok

Best of7 hours ago

Top 5 Pubs in Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: Daily death count hits record high; provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

US is “unable” to provide Covid-19 vaccines to Americans who live overseas

Tourism9 hours ago

Sandbox could be revised, cancelled if Covid-19 outbreaks occur

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending