Personal Date Protection Came into Force Tuesday in Thailand

The first of its kind in Thailand the Thailand Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) was passed into law by National Legislative Assembly on February 28, 2019 and was finally published in the Royal Gazette on Monday, entering into force Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

But what does it mean for business? The PDPA has drawn many elements from the European Union’s GDPR but from a Thai perspective. If your company has already adjusted for compliance with the GDPR it is a good starting point but there are differences and compliance with the GDPR does not mean you are in compliance in Thailand.
 
It affects both onshore and offshore entities with very few exceptions so anyone doing business in or with Thai nationals and residents needs to examine their data protection policies for compliance.
 
It is important to note that the act includes both criminal and administrative penalties including both actual and punitive damages – the Act has teeth so operators need to ensure they are in compliance.
 
If you have questions about the PDPA in Thailand, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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