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Thailand to Regulate Data Transactions

Thailand’s Electronic Transaction Development Agency (ETDA) has issued a draught guideline for norms governing Electronic Data Delivery Services. The purpose of this draught is to provide an overview of electronic data transfer.

Electronic Data Delivery provide standards and information security control procedures for electronic data transmission services. The service providers transmit electronic data as a link (transfer point) between the source and the destination.

The recommended measures act to provide safe electronic data transmission services and instil trust in data senders and recipients who use electronic data transmission services. The common suggestion applies to organisations that offer electronic data transmission operations.

Service providers supplying electronic information to the Revenue Department, interagency electronic data transmission service providers linked to the National Single Window (NSW) system, and other electronic data transmission service providers that involve validity in sending or receiving electronic data are some of the agencies that must comply with the law.

However, relevant agencies may have additional criteria based on specific restrictions, such as data transfer protocols. As a result of the data structure of the data to be communicated, the electronic data delivery service provider must also meet other compliance legislation.

China made similar efforts to boost trust in digital transactions. The Chinese government has taken steps to design policies that will promote the effective use and distribution of public, personal, and business data while adhering to rules and strengthening governance over data resources. It has also emphasised the significance of having a system that assures the secure and legal data flow over the border.

According to a National Development and Reform Commission official, the new laws are intended to encourage the lawful and efficient use of data to stimulate the real economy and enable people to share the benefits of the digital economy’s growth. According to the official, the new measures will allow the country to answer to global technology advancement and digitalisation while improving its international standing.

Another problem fixed in the document is the importance of lowering the barrier to market participants gaining access to data while bolstering personal information protection and establishing a system for identifying individuals’ and companies’ rights in the production, transfer, and use of data. China will also develop a mechanism for authorising the use of personal data and take steps to standardise the use of this information by businesses and discourage excessive data gathering.

In addition to the Electronic Data Delivery Service Requirements, the Thai government has organised several additional digital transformation efforts. The Government Central Cloud Service System was developed by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES) to aid in the creation and sustainability of digital services. Simultaneously, community public internet service operations to eradicate inequalities in access to technology via online networks are underway, such as encouraging the establishment of e-commerce, start-ups, smart cities, digital IDs, and digital post IDs.

Furthermore, Thailand’s government vowed to pass the Personal Data Protection Act in 2019 (PDPA). The statute enacted to protect private data rights defines the Personal Data Protection Regulation and Cross-Border Data Transfer. As a result, maintaining citizens’ interest and safety in the internet world is vital.

The regulations adhere to international standards and are generally accepted around the world. The rules, once followed, will help Thailand build confidence in international trade, increase cross-border internet trading, and develop other forms of cooperation with foreign countries. There are also plans to publish a law document enabling anti-corruption organisations to prohibit illegal online transactions and cybercrime.


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