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Thailand: The draft Personal Data Protection Bill: A fundamental step

In Thailand, IT business is growing rapidly with cloud computing, Internet of Things and Big Data organisations expanding. Current laws and regulations do not support the changes brought about by new technology, where the flow of data is through automated information systems. Operators do not have the ability to control the data. Currently, Thailand is in need of laws and regulations to cope with advances in technology, resulting in changes in how data is collected, used and disclosed. The current version of the draft Personal Data Protection Bill (‘the Draft’) issued by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (‘MDES’) in January 2018 includes new personal data protection concepts, however, there is still room for improvement. In this article, Dhiraphol Suwanprateep and Pattaraphan Paiboon Associate and Partner at Baker & McKenzie Limited respectively, depict key aspects of the Draft and the implications it has as the first data protection framework in Thailand.

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