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Graham Greenleaf

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199679669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679669.001.0001

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The Philippines and Thailand—ASEAN’s Incomplete Comprehensive Laws

The Philippines and Thailand—ASEAN’s Incomplete Comprehensive Laws

(p.336) (p.337) 12 The Philippines and Thailand—ASEAN’s Incomplete Comprehensive Laws
Asian Data Privacy Laws

Graham Greenleaf

Oxford University Press

Completion of the development of comprehensive data privacy laws in the Philippines and Thailand is important for Asian, and particularly ASEAN (South-East Asia), democracy and civil liberties. This chapter covers both countries. The Philippines will become the first ASEAN country to bring into force a comprehensive data privacy law covering the whole of the private and public sectors, the Data Privacy Act 2012, once the President appoints a data protection authority to complete the process. The National Privacy Commission, when appointed, will implement rules and regulations (IRRs) within 90 days of its appointment, to make the Act effective. It is an Act with many unusual elements, both strengths and weaknesses. Whether Thailand will enact a comprehensive law is unclear, as its current public sector law is defective, and the Bill before its legislature is limited to the private sector.

Keywords:   data protection, privacy, Asia, Philippines, Thailand, ASEAN, National Privacy Commission, data protection authority

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