Tech-savvy millennial persons should help protect themselves

Securing privacy of information and protection of data involve not just the government, but also all citizens, including the technology-savvy millennials.

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) emphasized this on Tuesday (August 7) in the occasion of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s signing a day before of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act in Malacanang.

Commissioner Raymund E. Liboro, NPC head, cited in an interview by DZBB radio that many countries’ implementation of data privacy involve their citizens.

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“It is not just the government,” he  said, adding Filipino citizenx (including the millennials who live a digital life through their smartphones) should also do their part in protecting their privacy and securing their personal data.

He said at the start of the planning for the National Identification System, the NPC was already on board.

Liboro said at first the discussion was for the inclusion of 35 information in the PhilSys ID, then it was agreed only 7 were included.

GMA News Online said this are the PhilSys number (unique to every person till death); full name; facial image; sex; date of birth; blood type; and address.

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PhilSys will harmonize, integrate, and interconnect the countless and redundant government IDs through a single national ID.

Liboro said the responsibility for the proper use of the information on the national ID lies not just with the government but also the citizens.

“We in the NPC, we will make sure (the laws are observed) in the implementation of the national ID,” the NPC chief said.

The PhilSys Act will be implemented by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Liboro warned those who will manage and process the data contained in the PhilSys ID to follow the law on data privacy or face heavy fines or even imprisonment. “Think twice,” he said.

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In an NPC survey, he said, it was established that “97 percent of Filipinos are concerned where their data are going” or being used.

NPC is a member of the coordinating council that will draft and come up with the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the PhilSys Act, and they will meet sometime next week for the IRR, said Liboro.

He said the NPC has dual mandate, promotion of the privacy of information in this digital economy of the 21st century which comes with many risks because of the processing of data, push data privacy rights; and also ensure a free exchange of information that would advance progress and development.

“It is important to maintain the citizen’s trust in this digital economy where we revolve. If the citizens have no trust in banks (for example), we will go back to the days gone by,” said Liboro.

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What he knows, he said, is that the PSA will implement the national ID in some chosen areas.

Liboro recalled one instance of carelessness about a person on Facebook who shared his professional ID.

Not too much later, the person was surprised to learn that his bank was collecting from him because someone stole his personal information and used it to buy things.

In his statement released evening of August 6 to the media, Liboro voiced the NPC’s support for the PhilSys Act signing.

“The National Privacy Commission supports the proper implementation of this law in accordance with its role in the technical working group led by NEDA and PSA; and in line with the Commission’s dual mandate to ‘”protect the fundamental human right of privacy, of communication while ensuring free flow of information to promote innovation and growth,’ as inscribed in the Data Privacy Act (DPA) of 2012.”

EDD K. Usman: 1st winner of “Best Science Feature Story” of 2018 UP Science Journalism Award on February 17; winner in June 2014 for Print Media in Kabalikat Award Media Category of PCIEERD-DOST Science Journalism Award; alumnus of United States’ East-West Center 2008 Senior Journalists Seminar; participant of South Korea 2000 Executive Seminar for Information Technology Journalists; senior journalist at Manila Bulletin until April 15, 2016; stringer/contributor at present for Rappler,, Claire Delfin Online Magazine, Malaya Business Insight, Agriculture Magazine (of Manila Bulletin), and U.S.-based Philippine News. Traveled on assignment abroad more than 30 times. Reports about SciTech, IT, ICT, Current Events, and many other subjects under Heaven.


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