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June 14, 2016
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The long wait of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in the Philippines

The long wait of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in the Philippines is finally over. President Aquino has signed the bill creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

The DICT Act of 2015 will also be known as Republic Act (RA) No. 10844. “The DICT shall be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing and administrative entity of the Executive branch of the government that will plan, develop and promote the national ICT development agenda,” the new law read. Among its powers and functions include establishing a free internet service that can be accessed in government offices and public areas; assisting in the dissemination of vital information essential to disaster risk reduction through the use of ICT; and ensuring and protecting the rights and welfare of consumers and business users to privacy, security and confidentiality in matters relating to ICT, among others.

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June 14, 2016
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Italian Data Protection Authority Backs Decision to Suspend Employee for Unauthorised Access to Company Data

The Data Protection Authority (DPA) (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali) recently found that an employer's decision to suspend an employee was legitimate in light of its right to defence against the employee's breach of Article 24 of the Privacy Code and Articles 2104 and 2015 of the Civil Code.

An employee appealed to the DPA against his employer processing his personal data, which was stored on his work computer. The computer had been seized when the employee was suspended. It was subsequently subjected to a content check and a copy of the hard disk was made. The employee challenged the employer's actions as unlawful and arbitrary due to the absence of assurances regarding "the immutability of the contents of the PC" and the fact that the data acquisition took place "in his absence and in the presence of a third party unconnected to the company… in violation of the principles of relevance".

The DPA found that the employer was entitled to carry out proper checks on performance and protect its assets. It found that correct procedure had been followed in that regard, as the checks had aimed to protect the company's rights.

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June 4, 2016
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Credentials Fraud Now A Global Threat For Universities

Diploma mill (s) have been on the United States radar screen as far back as 1876, when then commissioner of education John Eaton Jr called them a "disgrace to American education".

Today, credential fraud in higher education is a billion-dollar industry, by some accounts. It has spiralled into a major threat for employers and university admissions offices. And it spans the globe.

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