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Friday, October 21, 2016

PH Privacy Commission Gets International Accreditation


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The Philippines’ newly formed data protection and privacy authority, The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has received international recognition for its data protection regime from several notable international authorities. The NPC was created March of this year.

The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) recently accepted the NPC as a member of the organization. Accreditation by the ICDPPC signifies that a country’s Data Protection agency meets stringent standards, and out of the 12 applications received by the ICDPPC Executive Committee this year, only 5 were approved including the NPC. The ICDPPC has been the premier global forum for data protection authorities for 40 years, providing global leadership in data protection and privacy by connecting the efforts of over 110 privacy and data protection authorities from around the world.

NPC Chairman Raymund E. Liboro was pleased with the recognition of the Commission’s efforts of to upgrade the standards of privacy and data protection in the Country. "Admission to the ICDPPC augurs well for the Philippines, it recognizes that we are committed to international standards in protecting personal data and privacy in the country, and that the commission is viewed as independent and vested with the authority to do so". Chairman Liboro said.

Earlier last month the Hogan Lovells Chronicle on Data Protection posted an article on its website featuring the release of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (R.A. 10173) the article mentioned that “the IRRs represent a significant development in data privacy regulation in the Philippines, and will affect multi-national businesses that use or provide services in or from the Philippines, as well as local vendors with data processing facilities in the Philippines. It is fair to say that the IRRs set one of the higher bars for compliance standards in the Asia-Pacific region”

This is good news for the Information Technology - Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry as it reinforces the Philippines’ reputation as an ideal IT-BPM destination. According to Benedict Hernandez of the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), the industry association for the IT-BPM sector , “With IT-BPM being a key employment generator and one of the country's growth pillars, the fact that our Data Privacy Standards meet International Standards means we can expect more companies to prefer the Philippines over other countries.” Mr. Hernandez said.

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