The Data Privacy Act, sponsored by Senator Edgardo Angara, recently passed the second reading and is poised to be approved and sanctioned after the third evaluation in a bicameral conference. In due course, the new measure that aims to provide a privacy framework in the Philippines will be presented before the President.
Angara, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, said it orders public and private organizations to be more cautious and protective of all the data they gather. The bill is also said to strongly reflect the Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and Council which is the most adopted data privacy regime used by the European Union.
Angara said the Data Privacy Act will be a strong indication that the country’s IT sector is determined to further improve its IT industries. He also believes that this will reinforce the country’s image and attract investors for the Information Technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry.