The government thinks that the new PDPA law will help Thailand raise its digital economy to international levels. Because the PDPA is new to Thailand, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has tasked the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, as well as pertinent departments, with assisting the country’s SMEs in understanding it. The government plans to issue eight legislative declarations related to the Personal Data Protection Act before the end of the month, with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses.
The statute was created to protect an individual’s personal information, such as name and address, sex, and race, from being misused or stolen by corporations or third parties. On June 1, the PDPA went into force for the first time.
Those who violate the act and cause harm to members of the public might face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to 5 million baht in criminal penalties. There are three types of punishments for people or businesses who break the PDPA. If the violation causes harm to others’ bodies or reputations, the violators will be required to pay compensation in accordance with a civil court judgment. The Digital Economic and Society Ministry would issue eight PDPA legislation declarations, according to Trisuree.
As SMEs become more accustomed to the rules, the declarations would ease the PDPA fines. The Royal Gazette will publish the first four statements next week, followed by four more by the end of June. PM Prayut wants people and companies to understand the true aims and benefits of the PDPA, according to Deputy Spokesperson Trisuree Trisaranakul. Administrative penalties of up to 5 million baht could be imposed for a minor infringement. Trisuree went on to say that the government wants to promote Thailand’s digital economy, which necessitates new legislation.
The PM emphasizes that the PDPA is new to Thailand, and that appropriate government departments must offer information about it to ensure that enterprises, particularly SMEs, do not infringe the law. Thailand has passed a variety of regulations, including the Electronic Transaction Act, Cyber Security Act, and Computer Crime Act, that govern practically every element of the digital economy.

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