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NLA accepts Proposal on Revision of Cybersecurity Bill

Date: 20 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

BANGKOK, Oct 20 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has accepted a proposal from the Thailand Information Security Association (TISA) asking the lawmakers to review the draft cybersecurity act.

First Vice President of the NLA, Surachai Liengboonlertchai accepted the proposal from TISA President Weera Rattanasaengsatien who had voiced his concerns about the cybersecurity bill and the draft personal data protection act. Weera said, without taking into consideration the impact of the bills, there could be disagreements and protests in the future.

According to Weera, the draft personal data protection law grants too much power to a single organ, in this case the Personal Data Protection Committee, in as much as it fails to provide checks and balances; nor does the law provide a proper mechanism to scrutinize and investigate responsible officers.

Surachai said the two draft laws are being vetted by the Council of State, meaning there is still plenty of time for revision, and that he would therefore forward the proposal to the vetting committee for consideration.

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