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Data Privacy Regional Summit held in Laguna

Provincial Information Office

October 24, 2018

 

   The province of Laguna hosted the Data Privacy Regional Summit organized by the Department of Information and Technology (DICT) through the National Privacy Commission (NPC), in cooperation with the provincial government of Laguna. 

   In the summit, the DICT was tasked for communication agenda, to improve public access to the Internet. This is in compliance to Republic Act 10173 or The Data Privacy Act of 2012.

   Atty. John Paul Fernandez, Executive Assistant III of NPC, discussed the overview and essential points of RA 10173 and stressed the five pillars of accountability and compliance, namely: Commit to comply: Appoint a data Protection Officer; Know your Risks: Conduct a Privacy Risk or Impact Assessment; Be Accountable: Develop a Privacy Management Program and Privacy Manual; Demonstrate your Compliance: Implement Privacy and Data Protection Measures; and Be Prepared for Breach: Regularly Exercise your Breach Reporting Procedure.

   On the other hand, Mr. Jonathan Y. Ragsag, OIC-Chief, Data Security and Technology Standards Division, discussed the Privacy Impact Assessment and Privacy Management Program.

   In the course of his talk he pointed out the eight rights to privacy of the data subject. These are right to be informed, right to object, right to access, right to erasure and blocking, right to correction and rectification, right to file a complaint, right to data portability, and lastly, right to damages.

   Moreover, Atty. Vida G. Bocar, OIC-Chief of Compliance and Monitoring Division, discussed Breach of Management. According to her, we are liable to secure all the data that we had gathered to avoid all the relative and appropriate sanctions.

   Finally, Ms. Elisa May A. Cuevas, Executive Director IV, discussed the Building a Privacy Resilient Workplace. As a final note she advised that if we don’t need it (referring to the data we are collecting from the data subject), then don’t collect it. If you can’t handle it, don’t collect it, Cuevas added.

   RA 10173 is an act protecting individual information in information and communications systems in the government and the private sector, creating for this purpose a national privacy commission, and for other purposes.

(Article by Ruby S. Ambrosio, photos by Edgard Flores and Angel Bert Sapungan – PIO Laguna)