Bangkok (VNA) - The Software Alliance (BSA) is cooperating with Thailand’s police to carry out a campaign to reduce the use of illegal software in the workplace by the end of 2019.

The ‘Clean Up to the Countdown’ campaign targets 10,000 companies across Thailand that are thought to be using illegal software, including corporations in different sectors, such as manufacturing, construction, banking and finance, engineering, architecture, media, design, IT and healthcare.

The BSA is working with the Economic Crime Suppression Division to ramp up enforcement against corporations using illegal software and has already helped identify nearly 10,000 companies in 10 provinces suspected of using illegal software.

From now until the end of the year, the division will continue to raid companies who do not comply with the Thai laws protecting software copyright.

Meanwhile, the BSA is contacting thousands of corporate leaders in Thailand to offer guidance and advice in addressing illegal software use in the workplace.

BSA Senior Director Tarun Sawney said there are many CEOs whose companies have hundreds or thousands of PCs, who simply may not be aware of the type of software running on their corporation’s PCs – and whether it is legal or not.

The campaign is a part of Legalize and Protect initiative launched earlier this year. So far, the initiative has helped thousands companies in Thailand legalise their software assets and protect data from malware and hackers./.