Legal Updates for March 2019

A New Law on Public-Private Partnerships

The Public-Private Partnership Act B.E. 2562 (2019) (“PPP Act”) came into force on 11 March 2019, revoking the Private Investment in State Undertakings Act B.E. 2556 (2013). The stated purpose for the promulgation of the PPP Act is to have a clear and certain state policy in arranging infrastructure and public services by aiming for public-private joint investment on the basis of public-private partnership, and to determine mechanisms for solving problems, obstacles or delays in undertaking joint investment projects. This Update provides a summary of the provisions of the PPP Act

New Personal Data Protection Act

On 28 February 2019, the National Legislative Assembly voted 161-0 with 5 abstentions to approve the draft Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”) in its third and final reading. The stated reason for the promulgation of the PDPA is because there have been many violations of personal data rights and such violations cause damage to the economy as a whole. Due to advancements in technology, it is necessary to enact a law to make the collection, compilation, use and disclosure of personal data easy, convenient and prompt. This Update sets out a summary of the provisions of the approved draft PDPA.