The National Privacy Commission (NPC) released Advisory Opinion No. 2021-043 on data sharing with the Philippine National Police (PNP). In particular, the advisory opinion addressed whether the personal and sensitive personal information of drug surrenderers undergoing rehabilitation may be shared by the Iloilo City Health Officer (CHO) with the PNP.   Under...

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) released Advisory Opinion No. 2021-042 on the disclosure of frontline workers affected by COVID-19.   In the advisory opinion, the Department of Health (DOG) clarified whether the disclosure of information to the Filipino International Staff of the Asian Development Bank (ADB Fil-IS) for the purpose of raising...

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) released Advisory Opinion No. 2021-041 on the posting of the names of Philippine passport applicants whose passports were unsuccessfully delivered despite repeated attempts on the website of the DFA – Office for Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA).   The Commission noted that the names of applicants are personal information...

Recognizing the role of data-driven technologies in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) has released guidelines on the processing of personal data during public health emergencies.   The guidelines state that in implementing strategies such as testing, contact tracing, treatment and the like, the principles of transparency, legitimate purpose,...

Following the resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) allowing the conduct of group activities in fitness studios, gyms, and venues for non-contact exercise and sports in areas under Alert Level 2, the Philippine Department of Trade Industry issues minimum public health standards...

Last November 25, 2021, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) held its Kabataang Digital advocacy campaign in line with National Children’s Month. In collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission held the young privacy advocates summit with the slogan “Matalino, Mapagmatyag, at Mapanuri.”   The campaign was launched on November 25,...

In light of the recent surge in scam texts that solicit and misuse personal information, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) summoned the data protection officers of large industry players like Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, Dito Telecommunity, Lazada, and Shopee.   Contrary to initial suspicions of leaks in contact tracing information, the Commission...

In order to further provide support for workers in the informal economy under the Safe Spaces Act (Republic Act No. 11313), the Department of Labor and Employment issued Department Order No. 230-21 (Guidelines) on 22 November 2021 providing guidelines for the appropriate mechanisms and interventions, including redress mechanisms, in case...

The Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) invites the public to the Present Me Anything (PMA) Session of the PhiliFintech Innovation Office.   The SEC states that policy responses, through its proactive role in encouraging and supporting Financial technology innovation in the Philippines,  that  promote  innovation  and  mitigate the corresponding risks for...