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November 22 2016

Personal-Data Handling Rules for Government Agencies Take Shape

Government agencies engaged in processing personal data are being told to implement stricter rules on data sharing, according to a draft copy of the circular set to be released by the National Privacy Commission (NPC). NPC Deputy Commissioner Ivy D. Patdu said Circular 16-001, dated Sept. 30 is currently being reviewed for release. Circular 16-001, is part of a series of guidelines that NPC is looking to release.

The guidelines are meant to police data privacy rights. The NPC is tasked with implementing the Data Privacy Act, providing necessary protections for sensitive information in both public and private IT systems. NPC said government agencies shall be given a one-year transitory period to comply with the circular. It will take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.