Statement of the National Privacy Commission on the effectivity of its Circular on Administrative Fines

August 27, 2022 | 12:05 PM GMT+0800 Last Edit: August 27, 2022

The National Privacy Commission’s (NPC) Circular No. 2022-01 — Guidelines on Administrative Fines for data privacy infractions, published last August 12, 2022, takes effect today, August 27, 2022.

The NPC demands the full cooperation and compliance of personal information controllers (PICs) and personal information processors (PIPs) in the implementation of the Circular.

The NPC believes that the Circular is a significant step towards strengthened data privacy and protection in the Philippines as it will further invigorate organizational accountability among PICs and PIPs, which are expected to establish measures that will ensure and intensify their compliance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA).

The NPC urges PICs and PIPs to remain its active partners in administering and implementing the DPA and its related issuances. Ultimately, the NPC wants to instill into PICs and PIPs that safeguarding data subjects’ personal data is their paramount obligation, and failure to perform such obligation has its corresponding repercussions.

The Guidelines on Administrative Fines will apply prospectively, and infractions made prior to the effectivity thereof are not covered. Neither are complaints already filed and pending with the NPC affected by the Circular.

Access the Circular here: https://www.privacy.gov.ph/wpcontent/uploads/2022/08/NPC-CIRCULAR-NO.-2022-01-GUIDELINES-ONADMINISTRATIVE-FINES-dated-08-AUGUST-2022-w-SGD.pdf

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