The six digital bills have been passed to the second round of the National Legislative Assembly, the Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Pichet Durongkaveroj, reported on Friday.
The six digital bills are: Electronics Transaction Organisation Restructuring, Data Protection, Cybersecurity, Council of Thailand Digital and Society, Digital ID, and Electronics Transaction Officer.
The government has argued that the bills together would drive a move toward “digital government” through developing the required infrastructure, including government Big Data, a data centre, cloud services, and one- stop service.
The legislation would also help to reduce the investment duplication among governmental organisations in Big Data, security and data protection.
It would also result in creation of a Central Data Centre for the government.
Some aspects of the bill have drawn strong criticism, with opponents arguing they infringe on people’s privacy and freedom of speech.