Sep 152011
 
 September 15, 2011  Laws, Non-U.S.

An op-ed  by Narun Popattanachai in the Bangkok Post about a proposed law in Thailand:

The Personal Information Bill which awaits a stamp of approval from lawmakers is still short of expectations to better protect the right to privacy on personal information from intruders who use it for their own interest.

Part of the problem is that the protection of the right to privacy in Thailand has so far been a piecemeal development represented by a scattering of context-specific personal data laws, including the Official Information Act BE 2540, Credit Information Business Act BE 2551, Telecommunication Business Act BE 2544 and private remedies under the Civil Code. There is no general data protection legislation which covers all types of personal information collection, storage and usage.

Those annoyed by the problem will understandably feel a bit relieved to learn that the Personal Information Bill may potentially be able to fill this void once it receives the stamp of approval from the newly convened Parliament. Yet how optimistic should we feel with regard to the contents of the bill? Not very, it is argued.

Read more on Bangkok Post.

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