Internet companies to face stricter content limits in Thailand

A new law against criticism of the monarchy will take effect in Thailand next month, barring content that is ‘contrary to public order or public morality‘. The law poses limits to Internet companies’ hosting and transmission of such content. Furthermore, the digital ministry no longer needs court approval to conduct investigation or obtain data when cybercrime could affect ‘national security, public safety, national economic stability, or the infrastructure for public benefit’. Finally, the law contains a ‘spam provision’, prohibiting the dissemination of company messages without allowing recipients to unsubscribe.