Ministry says PDPA will be enforced on June 1

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES) insists that the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) will be implemented on June 1 as planned, despite calls from the business sector for it to be postponed due to a lack of preparation, particularly among small and medium-sized enterprises. businesses (SMEs).

However, the application of sanctions would be relaxed during the first year of its implementation if the offenders had no intention of committing a wrongdoing, as is the case during a transition period when the development of an understanding of the law and the mediation of disputes would still be necessary. .

In addition, it is envisaged to avoid small entrepreneurs from being subject to sanctions.

DES Minister Chiawut Thanakamanusorn said full enforcement of the law is a crucial step as it sets a clear standard for the use of personal data and strengthens personal data protection in the country, which could potentially create international trust and ensure transparency.

The PDPA will play a key role in supporting the digital economy, through which the government expects digital-related businesses to generate a target of 30% of GDP over the next five years, he said at the meeting. a seminar on the application of the PDPA.

“Data is at the heart of the digital economy. The application of the PDPA has been postponed twice and now is the time to start,” Chaiwut said.

The PDPA, which was published in the Official newspaper in 2019 with a one-year grace period, had its full application postponed for two years due to the pandemic and a lack of adequate corporate preparedness.

The PDPA is among 12 digital-related laws that the government wants to align with its roadmap for transforming the digital economy.

“The government will ease the enforcement of sanctions for one year after the law comes into force as an adjustment period. However, the intent of the transgression should be proven,” Chaiwut said.

He said that the DES and the Personal Data Protection Committee (PDPC) were considering exemptions from the application of the law on certain businesses, in particular very small businesses, such as hair salons and small garages.

The government is building the Government Platform for PDPA Compliance (GPPC) as a centralized mechanism to ensure PDPA compliance for state agencies. Some 2,000 state officials will be trained in the first phase to create a better understanding of the law among them.

Wetang Phuangsup, general secretary of the PDPC, said the committee had drafted five regulations subordinate to the PDPA, which were submitted to a public hearing.

He stressed that the PDPA is not intended to create a burden on businesses, but to set a standard for how personal data is used, stored and protected.

Earlier this month, the Joint Standing Committee on Trade, Industry and Banking called on the government to consider postponing full implementation of the PDPA for another two years to give businesses more time to they are ready to comply with the law while they remain blocked by the economic crisis. misfortunes caused by the pandemic.

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