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Philippines’ Senator Angara Says Bill Needs To Strike Right Balance

The country’s data privacy policy should protect the personal information of users without bogging down the ease of access that companies need to efficiently operate, a top lawmaker said on Wednesday. Senator Edgardo J. Angara, chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology (S&T), made the statement following the Technical Working Group (TWG) held for the Data Privacy Act of 2011. Tackled during the TWG was House Bill 4115/Data Privacy Act of 2011 which has been approved by the Lower House on third reading, as well as the data privacy bills of Senators MirianDefensor-Santiago and Antonio Trillanes.

The current draft of the Data Privacy Act incorporates key principles laid out in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Privacy Framework. The framework promotes a flexible approach to data privacy minus needless barriers to information flows.

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