The National Privacy Commission (NPC) was established by the Data Privacy Act of 2012, also known as Republic Act No. 10173. This independent body is in charge of administering and implementing RA 10173, as well as monitoring and ensuring compliance of the Philippines with international standards for data protection.
The NPC serves as the Philippines’ privacy watchdog. It upholds the law for information controllers or companies and individuals handling personal data. The body also reminds individuals, referred to as data subjects, of their rights over their personal data and how it is processed – the manner in which it is collected, stored, modified, erased, and destroyed.
With the founding of the NPC, the country joins the ranks of a network of privacy authorities from all over the world. More than 90 economies around the globe acknowledge privacy as a fundamental right of citizens, while at the same time they recognize the value of the free flow of information in order to facilitate growth and innovation.
The NPC commits itself to the promotion of international data processing standards to be adopted nationally and to also anticipate cross-border privacy concerns that may arise as economies become more interconnected.
The mandate of the NPC
The NPC’s functions include the following:
The NPC delivers services in order to:
The NPC envisions itself as a world-class enforcement and regulatory agency that upholds individuals’ rights to data privacy and protection while at the same time ensures the free flow of information.
It sees itself as an agency that is future-oriented, ethical, and committed to excellence — driven by a highly competent workforce towards an innovative, competitive, and knowledge-based nation.
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