Since 2012, the Philippines has had a comprehensive law governing personal data privacy – Republic Act No. 10173, or the Philippine Data Privacy Act of 2012. However, its full implementation was not realized until the National Privacy Commission (NPC) was officially constituted in the early part of this year. The Implementing Rules & Regulations (IRR) of the act was promulgated on 24 August, 2016.
This is the comprehensive law that governs data privacy protection in the Philippines. With the release of the IRR and the creation of the NPC – the primary agency tasked to oversee the administration of the act – implementation of personal data privacy protection in the Philippines is coming into full swing.
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JOHN PAUL GABA is a partner at ACCRA Law Offices in Manila.
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