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Data Protection Landscape amongst Organisations (in the Philippines)

Updated: Mar 28, 2021

By Edwin Conception (FIP, CIPM, CIPT, CIPP/E)

What is the Data Protection landscape like amongst organisations? - A Perspective from the Philippines.

Can you cite the reasons why there is low awareness on data privacy and data security? As a follow-up, what needs to be done to solve this problem?

In the last few months, due to the pandemic, awareness on privacy and data protection has gained a lot of traction. This is evident in social media discussions and TV news coverage. Various issues and concerns were raised by citizens about privacy especially of those closely affected by COVID-19. On the other hand, there were calls made by business groups, politicians, government officials and even opinion writers to suspend the Data Privacy Act.

One of the key challenges we observed in a lot of organizations is the top management commitment to abide by privacy and data protection. The pandemic has caused strains in business operations and the organization's immediate survival. Sadly, data protection is put on the back burner due to the many priorities of the company and focus on health and safety.

This does not have to be. Organizations and business leaders need to have some paradigm shift in its business thinking and look at privacy and data protection as a business enabler especially in the turbo accelerated digital transformation induced by the pandemic. Most organizations look at data protection as another compliance activity that does not provide concrete business impact.

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