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Governments around the world are trying to snoop on Internet communications.In an attempt to monitor Thai citizens who use the mobile messaging app Line, the Royal Thai Police have asked the Japanese company that owns the app for access to chat records, according to media reports.
Uber is under pressure to catch up with Grab across the region, and upstart Go-Jek in Indonesia, so a potentially popular new addition like Line isn’t exactly good news.
Line has introduced a series of services, such as mobile payment, video and music services and more, to widen its capacity to generate revenue, but it also bidding to become a ‘lifestyle platform’ for its users.
That means that Line wants to develop a value that locks users in beyond chat.
Pisit Paoin, the chief of the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD), told the Associated Press that their goal is to monitor suspects of crimes such as arms trades, prostitution, drug deals and lèse-majesté (making statements against the Thai monarchy). If you're using Line and social media to break the law, then you see us, the police," Paoin said.
Line, which bears resemblance to Whats App, is a popular Japanese messaging app that boasts 200 million users worldwide, 15 million of which reside in Thailand.As I wrote last year, Facebook Messenger’s continued growth in Asia should worry Line.