Public Recognising Similarities Between 1984 And Prism

The Telegraph reports that George Orwell’s 1984 has a current sales rank of 80 on Amazon’s movers and shakers list despite being only  12,507 earlier. This is a staggering increase of 5,771%. Despite being published 64 years ago, these figures show just how much the world has been rocked by the National Security Administration (NSA) Prism Scandal.

Edward Snowden initially fled to Hong Kong after blowing the whistle and revealing that Prism allows the NSA to “monitor” emails, video clips, photos, voice and video calls, social networking details, logins and other data held by a range of US Internet firms. Snowden, whose current whereabouts are unknown, has since been charged in the US with theft of government property, unauthorised communication of national defence information and wilful communication of classified communications intelligence.

The level of book sales, shows how seriously Snowden’s claims. The revelations have triggered a worldwide debate over how far governments should be allowed to “monitor” private communications hiding behind claims they are simply protecting the public against terrorism.

Indeed are emails in Thailand monitored by Prism?

Section 7 of the Computer Crime Act  holds that “if any person illegally accesses computer data, for which there is a specific access prevention measure not intended for their own use available, then he or she shall be subject to imprisonment for no longer than two years or a fine of not more than forty thousand baht or both”.

Issues of surveillance and censorship are silent. It is not clear therefore what precisely would constitute a Thai criminal offense.  Any censorship as far as Thailand is concerned seems to be limited to banning certain Internet websites.

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