NPC to hold public consultation for Data Privacy Act Draft IRR

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is set to hold its second public consultation on the draft of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Data Privacy Act on July 13. The forum will be held at the College of Mass Communication Auditorium, University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) in Quezon City from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Aside from reviewing the draft IRR, the forum will also tackle provisions related to health information and research. Those interested to participate should sign up online here. A copy of the draft IRR can also be accessed here.

The forum is sponsored by the UPD Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, the Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service of the Department of Health, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, and Foundation for Media Alternatives.

Balancing Interests under the Act

The first consultation session last June 28 focused on the right to privacy embodied in the Act, in relation to the right to information on matters of public concern and right to freedom of expression. “I think most of their concerns are on how strict the interpretation of the law would be, how they would comply, specially those in government processing data,” NPC Deputy Commissioner Ivy Patdu said.

During the consultation, representatives from the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry also expressed concerns about the rising incidents of data breach that may threaten the integrity of the industry.

Genny Marcial, executive director for External Affairs and Membership of the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines, said that they have limited capacity to prevent further data breaches. She said that in addition to the Data Privacy Act, labor laws also prevent BPOs from releasing information on the offenses of their previous employees to other employers.

The Data Privacy Act or R.A. 10173 seeks to make the Philippines compliant with international data security standards. The law also aims to protect and boost the IT-BPO industry.

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