Monday, November 27, 2017

Protecting Filipino Data Privacy (Part 2)

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, November 27, 2017

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The Data Privacy Act of 2012 or Republic Act 10173 spells out what are the requirements for Compliance but more importantly Accountability for data collated by public and private institutions in the country. Also, there are laws internationally that deals with the handling of data collected from the people during government and business transactions.

Very important for every Filipino citizen is that there are rights that they are given pertaining to data or information that they transmit or convey during the course of the above-mentioned transactions. These are the following:

1. The Right to be informed
2. The Right to Object
3. The Right to Access
4. Right to data portability
5. The Right to Correct (Rectification)
6. The Right to Erasure or Blocking
7. The Right to file a Complaint
8. The Right to Damages
9. Transmissability of Rights

It must be stressed that businesses that do not comply with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 face the following consequences:

1. Loss of reputation and trust that will result in loss of revenue and customers.
2. Loss of Competitiveness
3. Drop in market value
4. Clams from victims

The era of information and data has spawned the new industry of data handling, conveyance, and transmission. The coming of new technology has enabled the eminence of data as a valuable resource and that according to The Economist Magazine “ The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.”

The timely enactment of the Data Privacy Act of 2012 is both to protect the citizens and institutions both public and private with regards to the collation, handling, and transmission of data.

According to Damian Domingo O. Mapa, former Deputy Privacy Commission of The National Privacy Commission, there are already cases filed with the NPC with regards to collection of data from citizens wherein, data required by institutions violate the Rights of the citizens.

It is in these examples that each institution must have a Data Compliance Officer who is well versed in the Data Privacy Act of 2012 that must ensure that the institution the DPA represent must not only comply with the law but must also be accountable to any breach in the data privacy of Filipino citizens.

(To Be Continued)





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