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Digital Discourses
Sutawan Chanprasert (Thailand)

Protecting Personal Data and Privacy in Southeast Asia: Going Somewhere or Nowhere

The presentation focuses on situations of personal data and privacy protection in Southeast Asia. It details current situations concerning personal data and privacy protection in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states as well as on the ASEAN level itself. The talk examines policies related to personal data and privacy protection in the ASEAN member states, how the lack of such regulations put personal data and privacy at risk of being exploited, the need to have the regional personal data regulations in ASEAN comply with internationally accepted best practices, and the challenges for implementing such regulations.  

Sutawan Chanprasert Sutawan Chanprasert | © Sutawan Chanprasert Sutawan Chanprasert is a founder of the Bangkok-based human rights organization DigitalReach, which explores the impact of technology on human rights in Southeast Asia. She previously worked for FORUM-ASIA and Global Freedom of Expression Project at Columbia University. She is a human rights researcher, analyst, and more recently a privacy advocate. Her expertise is how technology affects freedom of expression and information as well as civic space. She is also interested in the development of technology in Southeast Asia, including policies and practices of governments and Big Tech, the effect of emerging technologies, and internet governance.