After experiencing a major data breach in 2010, the Philippines is working hard to prevent future events with the introduction of a data protection bill. The Data Privacy Act is one of three ICT (information and communications technology) measures supported and demanded by the information technology and business process outsourcing industry. This bill, sponsored by Senator Edgardo J. Angara, chair of the Senate committee on Science and Technology, follows the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Privacy Framework, which includes harm prevention notice and data collection limits and provides flexibility in implementation.
“By defining who are accountable whenever breaches occur, the Data Privacy Act pushes the private and public sectors to keep their information systems secure,” Angara said. “…This measure ensures that the ICT environment we seek to roll out will be conducive for both business and government.”