MANILA, Philippines?Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) chairman Ivan Uy expressed optimism that legislators will be able to pass House Bill 3828 or the Philippine Data Privacy Act before Congress adjourns for the Christmas recess.
?The data privacy and security bill is still pending in Congress. We are hoping the lower house can submit it by end of the year, before they go on holiday recess, and get it passed by fits quarter of next year,? Uy said during his brief talk with members of the media during the HP-Intel Synergy event held in Palawan over the weekend.
He also stressed the importance of passing the bill especially since the Business Process Outsourcing and Knowledge Process Outsourcing industries are continuously growing in the country.
?We are seeing that a lot of personal information and info that need to be secured are coming on to our shores from all over the world,? Uy said.
?And those countries are becoming concerned that their data in the Philippines might not be secure, that it could be stolen, it could be compromised so there are looking at the Philippines producing adequate protection via legislation that would put penal sanctions, that would impose standards on security that could protect the data that is moving to our shores,? he said.
However, he noted that the cybercrime law will take longer to pass since debates on the bill are still in the committee level. Nevertheless, Uy expressed optimism that the younger legislators will be able to push for the passage of the bill.
?Hopefully since more and more members of Congress belong to the younger generation X and Y, they understand the technology and they can push for those legislation,? Uy said.
The Data Privacy Act criminalizes the unauthorized processing of personal data and imposes a fine of P1 million to P3 million with imprisonment between six to 12 years for anyone found guilty of the crime.
Likewise, those found guilty of processing personal information for unauthorized purposes will also be imprisoned for six years and a day up to eight years and will be slapped with P500,000 to P1 million fine.