PH, Singapore co-lead the ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum

May 1, 2019 | 1:57 PM GMT+0800 Last Edit: May 1, 2019

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is closely working with Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) in developing the ASEAN Framework on Digital Data Governance.


In the 2nd Working Group Meeting on ASEAN Digital Data Governance Framework recently at the Diamond Hotel in Makati, Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro formally accepted Singapore’s invitation for the Philippines to co-lead the initiative.


“I would like to express my appreciation to Singapore for extending this invitation. The Philippines, through the National Privacy Commission, agrees to co-lead in this initiative and we are honored to take part to further develop and implement a data privacy forum in the ASEAN region, which will bolster data privacy in the region. We look forward to further cooperation with Singapore and all ASEAN member states to foster a community where data protection and privacy thrives,” Liboro said.


Endorsed last December by delegates of the ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers, the framework is aimed at strengthening the region’s data ecosystem. This includes achieving legal and regulatory alignment of data regulations and governance frameworks in the region; and fostering data-driven innovation to boost growth of digital economy.


The Philippines would specifically co-lead one of the four initiative called the ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum. Its two target outcomes are to harmonize legal and regulatory landscapes in the region; and the development and adoption of best practices.


To date, the Philippines is one of only three Southeast Asian countries with comprehensive data protection law and fully-established functioning data privacy authority regulator.


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