February 28, 2024

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Thailand Strengthens Data Protection

The TDGA Institute, operating under the Digital Government Development Agency (DGA), has advanced personal data protection by organising a comprehensive training course on the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) from January 25 to February 2, 2024.

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The training welcomed guests, including Dr Suphawan Tharapokakul, a senior digital advisor and assistant, and Prof Dr Praphanpong Kham-on, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. The session also covered updates on crucial secondary laws aligned with the PDPA 2019.

The primary objective of the PDPA Law Course for Data Protection Practitioners is to cultivate knowledge and understanding of the Personal Data Protection Act 2019 and other laws concerning personal data protection. The target audience includes government executives and employees with personal data protection responsibilities within their respective agencies.

Additionally, the course is open to individuals aspiring to enhance their knowledge to function effectively as personal data protection officers or committee members in the realm of personal data protection. Participants actively engaged in preparing personal data processing records (RoPA), gaining hands-on experience to complement their theoretical understanding.

The PDPA, enacted in 2019, serves as a critical legal framework in Thailand to safeguard individuals’ data from unauthorised access and use. In an era where digital advancements redefine managing and protecting personal data, staying abreast of relevant laws is imperative.

The course’s tailored approach, catering to government executives and employees directly involved in personal data protection, reflects a commitment to building a cadre of professionals well-versed in the intricacies of data protection laws.

The involvement of Assistant Prof Supawat Malanon, an expert teacher specialising in management and innovation, adds academic underpinning to the practical aspects of the training. The focus on preparing personal data processing records aligns with the practical application of the acquired knowledge, reinforcing the participants’ ability to translate theory into action.

The initiative by the TDGA Institute, operating under the DGA, exemplifies a forward-looking approach to digital governance, where the responsible handling of personal data is a cornerstone for building trust in the digital ecosystem.

The PDPA training aligns with global trends, emphasising the importance of robust data protection measures. As individuals become more aware of the value and sensitivity of their data, ensuring compliance with data protection laws becomes a strategic imperative.

Moreover, the participation of government executives and employees in the training underscores the commitment of public institutions to uphold the highest data protection standards. Government agencies entrusted with vast amounts of personal data play a crucial role in setting the benchmark for data protection practices. By investing in the training of data protection practitioners, the government demonstrates a proactive stance in addressing the evolving challenges of the digital age.

As organisations grapple with the complexities of data management, the role of data protection practitioners becomes pivotal. These professionals protect privacy, ensuring that personal data is handled ethically and transparently and complies with relevant laws. The PDPA training imparts legal knowledge and nurtures a culture of responsibility and accountability in handling personal data.

Moreover, the insights, backed by academic and practical expertise, provide participants with a holistic understanding of the intricacies of personal data protection laws. This multidimensional approach enables participants to navigate the nuances of data protection in diverse organisational settings.

The PDPA training for Data Protection Practitioners by the TDGA Institute emerges as a commendable initiative in the landscape of digital governance. By investing in the knowledge and skills of data protection practitioners, the DGA demonstrates a commitment to fostering a secure and ethical digital environment. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, this training plays a crucial role in shaping Thailand’s responsible and resilient digital future.


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