I was invited by the National Privacy Commission (NPC) to attend the very first Data Privacy Stakeholders’ Assembly at their headquarters in Pasay City (GSIS Complex) today. The by-invitation only gathering had representatives from different sectors involved in data protection and privacy, to include key personalities in the BPO, Banking, Media, Social Media, Health, Government and Education industries.
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“Thru today’s assembly, we shall form the Preparatory Committee towards the creation of a Data Privacy Council in the country, a multi-stakeholder consultative body composed of two to five representatives per sector,” said Commissioner Liboro during the by-invitation only gathering of local privacy champions across sectors and industries.
Mozilla Philippines Community was placed under the Media/Social Media sector, together with representatives from Google, CNN, ABS-CBN, and GMA Network.
Commissioner Liboro added that this stakeholder-based approach is expected to be more effective and efficient in pushing for data privacy accountability across all sectors – making the Philippines a privacy resilient country. The NPC’s aim this year includes: building resilient companies, building resilient sectors, and ultimately, building a resilient country. According the NPC’s Chairman, 2016 was the year when they campaigned for privacy awareness; 2017 for privacy compliance; and 2018 will be the year for enforcement.
In a report presented by Atty. Francis Euston R. Acero, Chief of Complaints and Investigation Division at the National Privacy Commission, a total of ninety-nine (99) cases were filed in 2017. The NPC wishes to remind all that the deadline for submission of Annual Security Incident Reports is on 31 March 2018.