The chamber has received from our corporate member Tilleke & Gibbins the following update regarding Thai Cabinet Approves Further Delay to PDPA Enforcement
On May 5, 2021, the Thai Cabinet approved in principle a further one-year extension to the full enforcement date of the Personal Data Protection Act. The decision to postpone must be formally issued as a royal decree before it takes effect, and we expect the content of that royal decree will be materially similar to the prior decree, issued in 2020, which delayed implementation due to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although not yet formally confirmed, the new effective date is expected to be June 1, 2022.
This postponement was initiated by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) in light of the ongoing third wave of the pandemic and its severe impact on Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. The initiative is backed by businesses and industry associations which are suffering the brunt of the pandemic’s economic effects.