[Thailand] AIC Submits Comments on Royal Decree regarding Supervision of Digital Platform Services (Aug 2021)

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The Asia Internet Coalition has submitted comments on the Draft Royal Decree regarding Supervision of Digital Platform Services (“Draft Decree”) to the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES). In continuation to our participation in the Public Hearing organised by ETDA, we share a common goal of promoting a fair and transparent business environment. Building trust is key for a flourishing online as well as offline economy. Online platforms are an important driver for growth and jobs and operate by providing services to hundreds of thousands of businesses and millions of consumers across Thailand. However, if the requirements set out in the Draft Decree are implemented, it will disrupt Thailand’s digital economy and Fourth Industrial Revolution goals, without meaningfully improving national security or cybersecurity, provision of digital platform services to customers in Thailand and consumer protection.