Protect data privacy or be held liable, official warns

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Posted at Oct 04 2017 09:52 PM | Updated as of Oct 05 2017 08:23 AM

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Public and private organizations need to do more to protect their data and comply with the Data Privacy Act of 2012, an official of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) said Wednesday. 

Atty. Francis Acero, NPC Complaints and Investigations Division chief, said data breaches are critical as they endanger the organization's members, partners and clients.

Acero also said that organizations found to be negligent in protecting their data can also be held liable under the law. 

Acero cited the case of the Commission on Elections, whose voter database was hacked in March 2016 and leaked on the internet. 

The NPC, in its decision dated December 28, 2016, found the Comelec guilty of several violations of the Data Privacy Act over the data leak, with penalties of 1 to 3 years imprisonment and fines of up to P500,000.

"Data is the new oil. If you are not aware or if you are not working to protect your data, you are going to be left behind," Acero told ANC's Future Perfect Tech Shorts.