Personal Data Protection Act of Thailand
The personal data protection act of Thailand is pretty much similar to European Unions GDPR and India’s PDPA. It offers similar fundamental rights to the citizens of Thailand as mentioned in the gdpr and pdpb of india.
27 May 2020 is the date of enforcement for The Personal Data Protection Act of Thailand (PDPA). PDPA imposes new rules on organizations in Thailand and those that offer goods and services to people in Thailand, or that collect and analyse data tied to Thai citizens, no matter where they are located.
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Similar to the GDPR, the intention of the PDPA is to protect data owners (i.e., data subjects under the GDPR) in Thailand from the unauthorized or unlawful collection, use, or disclosure and processing of their personal data.
Thailand’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) was finally approved in February 2019 by the Thai National Legislative Assembly, after several legislative attempts. The PDPA was published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette following the passage of the bill, and came into effect on May 28, 2019. Organizations now have one year to fully comply with their policies by May 27th 2020.
The Personal Data Protection Act of Thailand is applicable to businesses based in Thailand and to those organizations who offer goods and services to Thai citizens irrespective to their location.
When it comes to exemptions, PDPA is pretty much controversial. Currently There’s hardly any exemptions for small and mid size businesses. But Govt agencies and organizations have all the authorities to collect and process the data without any information or consent from the end user.
In case of non – compliance organizations will be liable for financial penalties upto THB 5 million. Under some scenarios company owners may face imprisonment upto 1 year.