Personal Data Protection Act or “PDPA” will not apply to Press, DES Minister says

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Bangkok –

Minister of the Digital Economy and Society (DES) revealed that the press can continue to feature photos and videos in their news presentations without violating the new protection law of the Personal Data Protection Act or “PDPA”.

DES Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said during a press conference today, June 7th, that the PDPA, which is the law to protect the people’s personal information from being published without permission, will be exempted from the media as indicated in the Article 4 (3) of the law for the media professions.

The Minister said: “According to Section 4 (3) of the PDPA, this Act shall not apply to a person or a juristic person who uses or discloses personal data that is collected only for the activities of mass media, fine arts, or literature, which are only in accordance with professional ethics or for the public interest.”

“Therefore, the press can publish recorded photos and video clips as usual as long as it is done under the journalism ethics and standards.”

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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.