Brazil and Thailand postpone enforcement of Privacy Acts due to COVID-19:

The National Congress of Brazilpassed the country’s new national Data Protection LawLGPD in August 2018. It was originally scheduled to come into effect on 15 August 2020.

Considering the difficult business and general scenario related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations have requested for the postponement of the effective date of the Law. On 3rd April 2020, the Senate has approved a bill including the provision to postpone the effective date of the Law to 1st January 2020. The bill also made provision for non-compliances with the LGPD not be sanctioned by the Authorities until 1 August 2021.

However, on April 29, 2020, the Brazilian President issued Provisional Measure #959/2020, which provisionally delays the applicability date of the Brazilian data protection law (LGPD) to May 3, 2021.

On similar lines, Thailand also Thai Government has approved of a draft decree to postpone the enforcement of most sections of its first ever first Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”) to 31 May 2021 citing the same scenario associated with the COVID Pandemic.

Thailand earlier had established the PDPAinto law on 28 May 2019, and was set to start its applicability one year after its adoption, on 27 May 2020.