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Opinion: Bill Falls Short of True Protection

PRIVACY LAW—THAILAND

September 15, 2011

As Thailand's proposed Personal Information Bill awaits passage, an op-ed in the Bangkok Post outlines the pros and cons of the bill. While it lays out regulations for commercial data controllers, requiring them to adopt adequate data storage systems that meet Personal Information Protection Commission standards, the author writes that the bill also has some fundamental problems. "Almost every aspect of the individual right to personal information protection is heavily qualified," making it "difficult to rely on the act to provide any sort of framework for effective human rights protection," attorney Narun Popattanachai opines. "The second concern is the idea of allowing for open-ended qualifications to the data protection right, which is flatly inadmissible."
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