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Commission Optimistic About Data Privacy Act

PRIVACY LAW—PHILIPPINES

November 30, 2010

The Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) chairman is optimistic that legislators will pass the Philippine Data Privacy Act before the Christmas recess, Inquirer.net reports. Chairman Ivan Uy says he hopes House Bill 3828, now pending in congress, will be submitted by the end of the year, adding that it's important the bill is passed because of increases in data processing outsourcing. "We are seeing that a lot of personal information and info that need to be secured are coming onto our shores from all over the world," Uy said. "Those countries are becoming concerned that their data in the Philippines might not be secure, that it could be stolen; it could be compromised." The act would criminalize unauthorized personal data processing, punishable with fines and jail time.
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