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Philippines helms 1st ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The aim of the meeting is to share knowledge and develop a framework for cooperative enforcement of data privacy laws and cross-border data flow

RAYMUND LIBORO. Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro helms the ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo courtesy of National Privacy Commission

Filipinos urged to protect data, be safe online during Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) To prevent data breaches during the long break, the National Privacy Commission issues reminders to offices as well as people on vacation

France hits Google with 50 million euro data consent fine

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:17 AM

France's data watchdog says Google made it too difficult for users to understand and manage preferences on how their personal information is used


Data Privacy 101: What is a Privacy Impact Assessment?

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Learn more about privacy impact assessments and data protection impact assessments, and how they help foster mindfulness about data compliance in companies and organizations

Philippines earns voting seat on international privacy body

Oct 25, 2018 - 4:13 PM

The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners is a worldwide conference of 119 independent data privacy and protection regulators from around the world

PH IN THE ICDPPC. The Philippines wins a voting seat on the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. Photo courtesy of the National Privacy Commission.

Apple chief pushes for US privacy law

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Apple CEO Tim Cook applauds the European Union's efforts towards the protection of data privacy, especially its General Data Protection Regulation

COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California on October 27, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Irish data authority probes Facebook over breach of 50M accounts

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:51 AM

The Irish probe has been touted as the first major test of the reformed European regulation which came into effect in May

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture taken on April 19, 2018 in Paris shows the tablet and smartphone app for Facebook. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Facebook may get $1.63 billion fine in EU due to recent hack

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Less than 10% of the total number of those affected – or some 5 million EU Facebook users – are hit by the attack on Facebook, according to a tweet from the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC)

U.S in talks with Facebook and Google about online privacy rules

Jul 28, 2018 - 6:30 AM

In a post-GDPR, post-Cambridge Analytica world, the US may finally have a chance at regulating data use by tech giants – a scenario long forestalled by well-funded lobbying efforts by Silicon Valley

TECH REFOCUS. The White House is said to be turning its attention on tech titans again as it attempts to follow the data regulatory framework laid out by Europe's General Data Protection Regulation. In this file photo, appearing from left to right are Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google), Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and then President-elect Donald Trump speaking during a meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. It was the first major meeting between President-elect Trump and technology industry leaders. File photo by Drew Angerer/AFP


Data privacy 101: What’s a data protection officer?

Jul 03, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Having a data protection officer is now a requirement for any company that handles user data. Here's what companies and prospective data officers should know about the position


California, home of Silicon Valley, ramps up online privacy law

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Business home pages will be required to provide clear links titled "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" that take people to opt-out pages


Facebook, Google 'manipulate' users to share data despite EU law – study

Jun 27, 2018 - 12:20 PM

'These companies manipulate us into sharing information about ourselves,' the Norwegian Consumer Council's director of digital services, Finn Myrstad, says in a statement

EU's data rules may push improvements in PH cybersecurity – Trend Micro

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Any business that will involve EU citizens must comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, spurring Philippine companies to improve practices, says Trend Micro

'Record history' casts cloud of doubt on Philippine national ID system

Jun 12, 2018 - 4:33 PM

(UPDATED) Privacy experts warn that maintaining a record history in what could otherwise be a beneficial identification system may pave the way for 'dataveillance'

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May 28, 2018 - 10:53 AM

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Cybersecurity roundup: May 20 to 26, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 11:49 AM

In this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, it's a two-for-one Amazon special coupled with General Data Protection Regulation complaints in the European Union!

Landmark EU law is new weapon for data protection activist Schrems

May 26, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Max Schrems files 4 complaints with regulators under the General Data Protection Regulation laws against some of the tech world's biggest names

MAX SCHREMS. Austrian Max Schrems (L) arrives with his lawyer Herwig Hofmann (R) before a verdict at the European Court of Justice (SCJ) in Luxembourg, on October 6, 2015. File photo by John Thys/AFP

NPC to launch campaign against 'careless use of online services'

May 23, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The yearlong campaign is called 'PSST!' or 'Privacy, Safety, Security, and Trust online'


EU data protection may trigger global ripple effect

May 15, 2018 - 12:33 PM

While all firms globally are required to comply with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when it comes to the data of Europeans, the rules may have a wider impact if firms decide to extend protections to all users

Explainer: 5 main rights that EU's new data privacy laws aim to uphold

May 14, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can be regarded as a model for data privacy policies across the world

DATA PROTECTION. The EU implements its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in late May


Facebook rolling out privacy choices under EU rules

Apr 18, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'Everyone – no matter where they live – will be asked to review important information about how Facebook uses data and make choices about their privacy on Facebook,' says a statement from chief privacy officer Erin Egan and deputy general counsel Ashlie Beringer.

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Want data privacy? Here's how to protect your personal information online

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Data privacy lawyer Cecilia Soria says it's important to be more mindful and less careless in giving away personal information, especially on social media

France orders WhatsApp to seek permission for data transfer

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:44 AM

CNIL says it considers the transfer of some data for security purposes to be legal, but the sharing of non-essential information to improve the function of the app was not as users were not given the possibility to opt out

Data Privacy Act compliance 'not just a checklist' – NPC exec

Oct 12, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Ensuring the protection of Filipinos' personal information should not be seen as a burden, says National Privacy Commission official Ivy Patdu at a seminar on data privacy

DATA PRIVACY. NPC Deputy Commissioner Ivy Patdu speaks at the 'Countdown to Data Privacy' seminar of Disini & Disini Law Office on October 11, 2017. Screengrab from Rappler video

Seminar on Data Privacy Act compliance set for October 11

Oct 03, 2017 - 9:23 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Data privacy is essential to all businesses, says Disini & Disini Law Office as it organizes the 'Countdown to Data Privacy' seminar

Redactions in Duterte Cabinet's latest SALNs 'deal-breaker' for FOI – PCIJ

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:43 PM

PCIJ reports that significant details were blacked out in the copies of the December 2016 SALNs of Duterte Cabinet officials

REDACTED. The PCIJ reports that significant redactions were made on the SALNs of Cabinet officials filed in December 2016. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

NPC reminds media: Balance freedom of press, right to privacy

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The National Privacy Commission also says data privacy should not be used as a shield against valid freedom of information requests

DATA PRIVACY. NPC Deputy Commissioner Ivy Patdu talks about media and privacy at its DPO6 assembly of data protection officers in Pasay City on August 29, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

France fines Facebook for data protection breaches

May 16, 2017 - 11:32 PM

France slaps a penalty of 150 000 euros 160 000 on Facebook Inc and Facebook Ireland for several breaches of the French Data Protection Act

NPC outlines 90-day plan for data protection officers

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:21 PM

UPDATED With government as the biggest handler of personal information agencies should be proactive in advocating for data privacy rights of Filipinos says the NPC

DPO1 ASSEMBLY. Data protection officers from at least 186 agencies attend the 1st DPO assembly of the National Privacy Commission on April 5, 2017. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Guidelines issued on requests for gov't workers' personal data

Apr 05, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The National Privacy Commission lists down at least 4 considerations for government agencies when evaluating requests for personal data sheets

What have we learned a year since 'Comeleak'?

Mar 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The voters data leak and a break in at a Lanao town have put the Comelec the National Privacy Commission and the Data Privacy Act to the test

Gov't agencies, private orgs told to appoint data protection officers

Jan 13, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The National Privacy Commission says that urgently designating such officer signals an organization s commitment to comply with the Data Privacy Act

Image from infographic of National Privacy Commission

EU, US sign data protection deal

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:41 PM

The so called umbrella agreement signed in the Dutch city of Amsterdam follows 5 years of talks hobbled by European concerns about revelations of large scale US snooping

DATA PROTECTION DEAL. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Dutch Minister of Justice Ard van der Steur and EU Commissioner in charge of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourova during the signing of a so-called umbrella agreement in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2, 2016, containing agreements to ensure that personal data is better protected. Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

Turkey election authority denies being source of data leak – report

Apr 09, 2016 - 5:09 PM

The head of Turkey s election authority says there was no leak in their system even though the information released is compatible with their records

Germany competition watchdog opens probe into Facebook

Mar 02, 2016 - 6:45 PM

UPDATED Facebook is under investigation for possibly breaching data protection rules but it says it is law abiding

epa05130275 (FILE) A file picture dated 04 April 2013, shows Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking during an event at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, USA. Smartphone advertising fueled record earnings on 27 January 2016 for Facebook, as the company reported more than 1 billion US dollar in quarterly income for the first time - more than double the year before. Facebook netted 1.56 billion US dollar for 2015's fourth quarter, up 125 percent from 701 million for the same period in 2014. Revenues rose 52 percent year-on-year to 5.84 billion US dollar. The world's largest internet social network reported 3.69 billion US dollar in net income for the full year, up from 2.94 billion for 2014. Advertising accounts for nearly all of Facebook's revenue, and 80 percent of ad revenue came from adverts on Facebook's mobile sites. As of the end of 2015, Facebook had 1.59 billion active users worldwide, the company said, an increase of 40 million over the previous quarter. More than nine out of 10 users accessed Facebook via smartphones and tablets. Facebook has recently made changes to the way ads appear - between posts on user feeds, rather than to the side - to a noticeable spike in sales. EPA/PETER DaSILVA

Irish court orders investigation into Facebook data transfers

Oct 20, 2015 - 10:30 PM

The Irish data protection commissioner will probe the protection afforded to data transferred to the US by Facebook which has its European headquarters in Ireland

FACEBOOK. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Spain opens privacy case against Google

Jun 20, 2013 - 11:26 PM

The Spanish Data Protection Agency says it found evidence of 5 serious privacy law breaches each punishable with fines of up to 395 000

GIANT. Google is expected to boost its share in 2013. Screenshot by Rappler