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New BIR reporting requirement hit

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Deputy Majority Leader and Valenzuela City Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo has scored the BIR for practically abolishing the Bank Secrecy Act through Memorandum Circular 9-2014 issued on Feb. 11, 2014, which requires corporate and individual taxpayers to declare the income earned on their bank deposits and other investments in their tax returns.  congress.gov.ph/

Congress and several business groups have described as an attack on an individual’s constitutional right to privacy the unilateral move by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) requiring taxpayers to reveal more details about their bank deposits in their income tax returns beginning this year.

Posted: February 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

UN votes to protect privacy in digital age

This June 6, 2013 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The case of a Baltimore purse-snatcher who got nabbed after crank-calling his victim in 1976 laid the legal groundwork for today's worldwide government surveillance of telephone records in the name of protecting the U.S. from terrorists. The NSA has argued that people forfeit privacy rights when they voluntarily give their phone numbers and Internet IDs to businesses. AP

The U.N. General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Georgian minister arrested over gay sex tape leak

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Georgia’s deputy interior minister has been arrested for allegedly leaking a gay sex tape involving a critical journalist, officials said Monday.

Posted: May 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US drone industry worries about privacy backlash

This photo taken March 26 shows flight test pilot Alex Gustafson carrying an InsituScanEagle unmanned aircraft in preparation for a flight in Arlington, Ore. It’s a good bet that in the not-so-distant future aerial drones will be part of Americans’ everyday lives, performing countless useful functions. A far cry from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists, these generally small unmanned aircraft will help farmers more precisely apply water and pesticides to crops, saving money and reducing environmental impacts. They’ll help police departments to find missing people, reconstruct traffic accidents and act as lookouts for SWAT teams. They’ll alert authorities to people stranded on rooftops by hurricanes, and monitor evacuation flows. AP Photo/Don Ryan

It’s a good bet that in the not-so-distant future, aerial drones will be part of everyday life in the U.S.

Posted: March 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Gov’t admits cyber law ‘barely constitutional’

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The heart of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act which is Section 12 or the Collection of Traffic Data is “barely constitutional,” government lawyers admitted before the Supreme Court Tuesday.

Posted: January 29th, 2013 in Infotech,Latest News Stories | Read More »

Bank secrecy waivers a personal matter, says police spokesman

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Now that waivers of bank secrecy rights are all the rage, are police officers prepared to make their accounts public? “It’s a personal decision,” the spokesperson of the Philippine National Police, Senior Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., said on Wednesday.

Posted: May 30th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino asks for respect of Grace Lee family’s privacy

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President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday he and radio-TV personality Grace Lee, whom he recently admitted to be dating, were doing well but asked the public to respect the privacy of the South Korean woman’s family.

Posted: February 16th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

New, less intrusive security scanners being eyed for NAIA

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MANILA – Good news for those who are uncomfortable about going through security scanners at airports. Authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport here are eyeing several top-of-the-line models to replace the old ones. The main sell of prospective new machines: they should not show too much, if at all, of the human body’s sensitive [...]

Posted: June 21st, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Aquino talks about love life again in public

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JALAJALA, Rizal, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III has again made a reference to his love life that he has repeatedly asked the media to lay off from and keep private. In a speech before national officials, local government executives and fisherfolk during the annual seeding of the Laguna Lake here on Tuesday, Mr. Aquino wished that [...]

Posted: May 25th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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