Joining the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in the observance of the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Month this June 2020, the National Privacy Commission (NPC), an attached agency of the DICT, promotes data privacy protection as one vital factor towards digital transformation as the country transitions to the ‘new normal’.

This coincides with the just concluded Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2020, as well as with NPC Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro’s appointment as the Chairman of the COVID-19 taskforce of the Global Privacy Assembly (GPA), a global forum for data protection and privacy authorities.

According to NPC, the taskforce was formed to “drive practical responses to privacy issues emerging from the pandemic, as well to assist its members with insights and best practices.” It will focus on two strategic fronts: data protection for contact tracing applications and privacy in a post-crisis landscape where countries begin to ease their COVID-19 restrictions.

“We thank NPC for their continued support to the Department. Data privacy protection is indeed inseparable from digital transformation. As we transition to the new normal through ICT, we expect that more people will use ICT and leave their digital footprints online. It is therefore our duty, together with NPC, to ensure that our citizens and systems alike our capable of preventing the attempts of those who wish to exploit Filipinos’ data online,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.

Filipinos’ data rights are enshrined in Republic Act 10173, otherwise known as the “Data Privacy Act of 2012”. The law was created to provide safeguards on the access and use of the Filipinos’ personal data found in information and communications systems in the government and in the private sector.

NPC is an attached agency of DICT.