The TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org ) is created and produced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Royal Thai Government’s statutory authority specifically responsible for the promotion and marketing of Thailand’s tourism and the tourism industry.
The TAT Newsroom strives to handle personal information in a manner which is consistent with the local privacy laws that apply in the various international jurisdictions in which the TAT Newsroom operates.
1. What personal information does the TAT Newsroom’s website, www.tatnews.org, collects?
The types of personal information that the TAT Newsroom collects will depend on the nature of your dealings with us. For example, we may collect personal information directly from you when you:
- subscribe to a newsletter or register to receive brochures through the TAT Newsroom’s website, www.tatnews.org ;
- apply to attend or exhibit at a TAT Newsroom’s event, or enter a promotion at such an event;
- register to participate in the TAT International PR Division’s international media hosting program; and
- have business dealings with the TAT Newsroom (whether as an employee of one of our external service providers, or if you work for a Government agency we deal with, or in the context of a transaction, or if you volunteer personal information to us).
In each case, the TAT Newsroom only collects the personal information that we need to carry out our specific functions. For example:
- If you are a travel agent who registers for the “Thailand FAM Trip” through the TAT Newsroom’s website, www.tatnews.org , we will collect your name, gender, date of birth, job title, email address and business contact details;
- If you are a traveller or tourist who registers to receive electronic newsletters from the TAT Newsroom we will collect your name, address, email address, age group and information about what type of holiday you are looking for. This is so we can make sure we can provide you with material which is likely to be of the most interest to you; and
- If you deal with us in the course of business, we will generally only collect your business contact details (so we can communicate with you for normal business purposes).
2. How does the TAT Newsroom use personal information?
The TAT Newsrooms needs to collect personal information so that we can provide you with the publications or services you have requested, or so that we can carry out specific statutory functions (or both). The particular purpose for which the TAT Newsroom collects personal information will either be explained when we collect that information, or will be obvious from the context in which it is collected.
If the TAT Newsroom wants to use personal information for any other purpose we must obtain your consent. If we use your personal information to send you information by email (including e-newsletters), we will always give you an opportunity to “unsubscribe”, and we will respect your wishes.
3. Will your personal information be given to anyone else?
The TAT Newsroom makes only limited disclosures of personal information. Examples of these disclosures are explained below. The TAT Newsroom does share personal information that it has collected in the course of conducting trade events with other Thai government agencies. Such disclosure is notified when that personal information is collected.
The TAT Newsroom may also disclose personal information to external service providers who help us operate our business (eg IT consultants and publishing houses). If the TAT Newsroom engages external service providers, we require those contractors to comply with contractual privacy obligations that reflect the TAT Newsroom’s own strict privacy obligations.
In the context of the TAT Newsroom’s FAM Trip, personal information may only be disclosed with the consent of participants in that program. For example, with consent, personal information about participants may be disclosed to organisations involved in the Thai tourism industry such as airlines, hotels, tour operators and product suppliers.
However, there will be no disclosure of this personal information without consent. Otherwise, the TAT Newsroom will only disclose personal information with your express consent, or if this is required by law or permitted under the Privacy Act.
4. Security of personal information
The TAT Newsroom takes security of personal information seriously. Most electronic records of personal information collected by the TAT Newsroom are stored in databases hosted on servers in Thailand and overseas.
In each case, our IT systems are protected by appropriate IT security measures. If you do not live in Thailand, and we want to store your personal information on servers that are located in Thailand, we will generally ask you to consent to this at the time we collect personal information from you. If you don’t want your personal information to be transferred to Thailand, please don’t provide us with your personal information.
If you have dealt with the TAT Newsroom in the past, and don’t want your personal information stored in Thailand, you can ask to be removed from our databases at any time (using the contact details at section 7 below).
We also require our staff to ensure that paper records containing personal information are stored securely. The TAT Newsroom’s personnel are bound by confidentiality obligations as a condition of their employment, and this extends to ensuring that personal information collected by the TAT Newsroom’s website, www.tatnews.org, is kept confidential.
5. Access and Correction
6. Online Privacy Issues
In general, you can visit the TAT Newsroom’s website, www.tatnews.org , without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. However there are times when we may need to collect personal information from you. For instance, if you register to receive our publications or to attend an event, we will need to collect some personal information from you.
No attempt will be made by the TAT Newsroom to identify website users or their browsing activities except in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect server logs. The statistics and log files may be preserved indefinitely and used at any time and in any way necessary to prevent security breaches and to ensure the integrity of the information supplied by the TAT Newsroom.
In general on the TAT Newsroom’s website, www.tatnews.org , IP addresses are logged to track a user’s session while the user remains anonymous. We analyse this data for certain trends and statistics, such as which parts of our site users are visiting and how long they spend there. The TAT Newsroom does not and will not attempt to link your IP addresses to anything that identifies you. In those limited cases where session information is not anonymous, the TAT Newsroom will provide notice of the practice and an opportunity to “opt out”.
When we receive information about your session or about you, we may also use it for research or to improve our site and the services we offer you.
Some web pages on the TAT Newsroom’s website, www.tatnews.org , use “cookies”, which are small files that may be placed on your hard disk for record-keeping purposes. A cookie helps us remember who you are. Cookies can make your subsequent visits to the web page simpler and more seamless. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it. (However, by not accepting cookies, some web pages may not display properly or you may not be permitted to access certain information.) A server cannot find out a name or email address, or anything about a user’s computer, by using cookies.
6.2) Online Security
The TAT Newsroom strives to ensure the security, integrity and privacy of personal information submitted to our sites, and periodically updates its security measures in light of current technologies.
You need to be aware of inherent risks associated with the transmission of information via the Internet. The TAT Newsroom cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any personal information you submit to our website, www.tatnews.org . If you have concerns in this regard, the TAT Newsroom has other ways of obtaining and providing information. Normal mail, telephone and fax facilities are available.
The TAT Newsroom’s website, www.tatnews.org , may also be linked to websites operated by third parties. These links are meant for your convenience only. Links to third party sites do not constitute sponsorship or endorsement or approval of these sites. Visitors to those sites should refer to their separate privacy policies and practices.
7. Additional Information
TAT International PR Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand Headquarters
1600 New Phetchaburi Road
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Phone: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4544-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
Policy updated: October 1, 2013