Author: M. Estioco

Regulatory Sandbox for Startups

Startups are disruptive by nature, and policymakers all over the world are scrambling to keep up with their relentless development. This failure to catch up with emerging technologies has resulted in some dramatic deadlocks, such as the much-publicized rift between Uber and the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB).1 After flouting driver accreditation rules, Uber was meted out a one month suspension and had to cough up a hefty Php190M fine to lift said suspension. The dispute was met with public outrage from Uber’s inconvenienced users,2 illustrating just how important startups have become in today’s world. Uber is just […]

Information Processing Pursuant to Public Function

The Data Privacy Act of 2012 (hereinafter the “Act”) lays out stringent guidelines designed to safeguard the privacy of both natural and juridical persons. However, the law also admits of certain exceptions, one of which pertains to information processing pursuant to a public function. Section 4(e) of the Act provides that it does not apply to information necessary in order to carry out the functions of public authority. This includes the processing of personal data by the central monetary authority, as well as information processing by law enforcement and regulatory agencies acting within their mandated functions. The Act also unequivocally […]