When I first heard the news that the Thai police had plans to monitor Line, I immediately scrolled through my Line logs and searched for texts about my sad golf scores and a disastrous picture of me in a not-so flattering dress that I wore a month ago.
I'm sure there are people who would have thought of 10, or 20 things that they don't want to make public. People use Line for pretty much everything nowadays. Buyers and clients correspond through Line. So do friends and family, politicians, rock stars, and probably criminals too.
It's understandable why the police would be interested in monitoring Line. With the ability to chat, text, call, send data and take pictures, smart devices and information technology have provided criminals with new and effective means to run scams and conduct crime. No doubt petty thieves, the Mob, even terrorists have learned to capitalise on the conveniences of having smart devices. The web has spawned an entirely new enterprise of criminal activity like phishing, and elevated certain crimes such as fraud to a new level.
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