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Extraterritorial Applicability of the GDPR to Thai Companies

The European Union (EU) has recently adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR“), a new piece of legislation intended to protect the privacy of data subjects in the EU, which will be effective from 25 May 2018.

Why is the GDPR important to Thai companies? 

In short, Thai companies could be obliged to comply with the GDPR, even if such Thai companies have no established entity in the EU. The territorial reach of the GDPR is determined based on the nature of the business, irrespective of whether Thai companies would receive any fees from individuals in the EU.

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