Privacy watchdog says no blacklisting of China firms sans proof

Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 23 2019 05:51 PM

MANILA - The National Privacy Commission on Thursday said it won't blacklist any firms from China unless there is scientific and technical proof that their technology causes harm to the Filipino public.

The country's privacy watchdog issued the statement amid the US ban on Chinese telecom giant Huawei and amid reports that surveillance equipment vendor Hikvision may also be blacklisted. 

Hikvision is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of video surveillance products. 

“Other countries meron na sila determination. We’d like to see their technical report,” said NPC Commissioner Ramon Liboro. 

The NPC said any company entering the Philippines is covered with the country’s Data Privacy Act. 

Liboro's statement follows the Department of Information and Communication Technology's statement that the blacklisting of Huawei would only have a small impact on the Philippines. 

The US insists that Huawei poses a security risk, and has urged other countries to refrain from using the company's equipment on their telecommunications networks. 

Google and several other US-based tech firms have cut ties with Huawei after the US government blacklisted it.