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Thailand: MDES announces findings following investigation into personal data trading network

On February 15, 2024, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) announced the findings of a joint investigation into personal data trading networks, that led to the arrest of nine individuals involved in the illegal trade of personal data.

In particular, the MDES noted that the investigations involved collaboration between multiple agencies, including the Personal Data Protection Committee (PDPC), the Police Headquarters Investigation Technological Crime, the Office of the National Cyber Security Agency, and the MDES.

Furthermore, the MDES noted that the PDPC has established a surveillance center and a working group to investigate and monitor compliance with personal data protection regulations. Additionally, the MDES reported that from November 9, 2023, to February 8, 2024, the PDPC identified numerous occurrences of citizens' personal information being shared on various agency websites, either inadequately secured or without a lawful basis.

Finally, the MDES mentioned that a total of 5,869 cases were identified and rectified and 54 instances where personal information was being sold on Facebook were blocked.

You can read the press release, only available in Thai, here.