September 21, 2011: Law for data protection has been introduced in the Philippine on Wednesday known as Data Privacy Act, 2011.
It was in the senate session held yesterday; the Senator Edgardo J Angara introduced the details on the latest act for protecting data to restrict data and information fraudulences. The measure is taken by special recommendation of the ICT to enhance the smooth functioning of the Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector in the nation. The session was also addressed by eminent personalities from the Business Process Association of the Philippines (BPAP). Delegates from the Foreign Chamber of Commerce were also present on the day.
On his speech Angara said, in the current scenario the BPO and IT sector is facing issues such as identity theft, data manipulation, information fraudulence and etc as we have to reveal the personal information to a third party vendor and there are loop holes and pith holes for corrupted people to access our personal information and details. It is time for us to say enough! We can’t continue this corruption to be followed any more.
According to him, out of 22 countries that has to go through severe situations caused by data violate in the previous year, the nation is one among. Today hacking and malware is a trend, but it cannot be promoted, right rules and regulations are essential to suppress these mishaps, he added.
The introduced law is to ensure that data manipulation is taken care of, particularly in both private and public sector. The Data privacy act along with Cybercrime Prevention act will make sure that unauthorized access to data is regulated, individuals revealing their data for services are not harmed, and also putting limits to the liberty of data collections from buyers by the service providers. Limits to data collection means any service provider or vendor can only collect information about the client and customer which is required for the transaction process. There are many vendors who collect information in addition to what they require.
He also said that the implementation of new rules and regulations will enhance the outsourcing business. Service buyers will be more confident enough to get into a contract with any service provider in the Asia-Pacific offshore region. There are many service buyers who are looking forward to outsource healthcare information management related jobs to the offshore which has direct access to the key information and details of any customer. Implementation of the Data privacy act will make such clients to be more confident to disclose the personal details.