Bill to strengthen data privacy

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A CONGRESSMAN has filed a bill that seeks to strengthen the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

Congressman Victor A. Yap, who heads the information and communications technology committee, filed House Bill 5612, which outlines the functions of the National Privacy Commission.

The Data Privacy Act was enacted in 2012 to protect “individual personal information by imposing obligations on all those who collect and process personal information, whether in the government or the private sector.”

Cultivating a culture of privacy is needed given the “capitalization of businesses on personal information and the emerging threats to data protection,” Mr. Yap said.

“The bill will effectively address data privacy challenges and other cross-border data processing concerns in support of the country’s digital transformation towards a knowledge-based economy,” he added. — Genshen L. Espedido