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CPG/AGF/Facebook “Digital Dialogues on Privacy – Thailand”, roundtable two.

12 November from 14:00 - 17:35

Digital Dialogues on Privacy – Thailand

jointly hosted by

the Asian Governance Foundation (AGF), the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), and Facebook Inc.

Roundtable 2: A Discussion on the Various Legal Bases for Processing Data in the Personal Data Protection Act

12 November 2020, 2:00-4:00 pm BKK time, online via Zoom


Backgrounder on the Roundtable Series / Digital Dialogues on Privacy

People, governments, economies, and whole societies around the globe are transformed by digitalization at a break-neck pace. With the rise of the digital economy, both the private sector and governments are vying for influence and primacy when it comes to collecting, sharing, and using data. 

But in the midst of rapid developments and gigantic strides industry and governments have made towards strengthening the digital economy, they must not lose sight of where the data comes from and why privacy matters. Privacy, in fact, is one of the pillars of any free and open society today – a key feature of safe online platforms, e-commerce, and cross-border trade. As such, data privacy should matter even more now. 

Even more timely is the Thailand Personal Data Protection Act’s (PDPA) recent enactment, the current drafting of its subordinate legislations, the emergence of the country’s first data protection authority, recent occurrences such as the pandemic, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and AR/VR.

Against this background, the Asian Governance Foundation (AGF), the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, and Facebook have recently initiated a series of events with an initial seminar on “The Thai Personal Data Protection Act and its Draft Implementing Rules and Regulations” last November in Bangkok. 

To resume and continue these discussions on timely privacy issues in Thailand, and with a key goal in mind of supporting the building and strengthening of a privacy community in the country, CPG, AGF, and Facebook kick-started a series of roundtables focused on bringing together privacy experts and advocates, to create a venue for open dialogue and information-exchange on current issues in privacy in Thailand.

This series of roundtables first tackled Thailand’s PDPA, with a focus on a preview of its upcoming subordinate legislations. The second roundtable will now focus on a discussion on the various legal bases for processing data in the PDPA. Since the legal bases for processing data are quite foundational in the implementation of the PDPA, it is hoped that having an in-depth discussion on the various legal bases in the PDPA will provide the ideal groundwork for a discussion on succeeding topics, such as notice and consent, data subject rights, and processing sensitive data and children’s data. 

The intent is to capture the roundtable discussions in a written report, for sharing with the relevant policymakers and the incoming PDPC, in the hope that the group’s insights will inform the development of the subordinate legislations and the enforcement of the PDPA. 

  1. Agenda

(To be conducted in both Thai and English. A translator will be available.)

Thursday, 12 November 2020

2:00 – 2:05 pm            Introduction and welcome remarks

2:05 – 2:10 pm            Agenda and instructions

2:10 – 2:25 pm           Presentation 1:

“The Thai approach to the various legal bases for processing data in the PDPA, with a focus on the interpretation and practical application of the relevant provisions in the PDPA”

Dr. Monsak Socharoentum, Board of Directors, Digital Government Development Agency, Thailand

2:25 – 2:35 pm          Presentation 2: Recommendations, insights, and responses to Presentation 1

Athistha Chitranukroh, Partner & Director, Corporate and Commercial Group, Tilleke & Gibbens

2:35 – 2:45 pm          Presentation 3: Recommendations, insights, and responses to Presentation 1

Raina Yeung, Head, Privacy and Data Policy, Engagement, APAC, Facebook Hong Kong Ltd.

2:45 – 3:35 pm           Roundtable discussion on the various legal bases for processing data in the PDPA

3:35 – 3:45 pm          Quick sharing: What privacy issues are keeping you up at night nowadays? (And other questions you’d like to ask your fellow attendees)

 3:45 – 3:55 pm          Recap, wrap-up and next steps


12 November
14:00 - 17:35


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