The Personal Data Protection Act is likely to be postponed

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The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry is seeking to postpone the enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) as the Covid-19 crisis has been a major obstacle in the path of many companies and SMEs adjusting their systems accordingly, Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said. 

“The law was announced on May 27, 2019, and is scheduled to be implemented from May 28, 2020,” he said. “However, due to the Covid-19 situation that has affected many companies and small and medium enterprises, the ministry is aiming to reschedule the PDPA for a least a year. 

Buddhipongse said the DES will hold a meeting with experts from the National Cyber Security Committee to discuss a suitable time frame for the postponement and will later propose the motion to the Cabinet. “We expect to reach a decision by the end of May,” he said. 

The minister added that in the meantime his ministry would start appointing a committee and an office in charge of PDPA enforcement so the operation can begin immediately after the law takes effect.