University Data Protection Office Blog

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March 23, 2018
Next to family, schools are among the first few institutions that people become part of while growing up. Consistent with their role during this crucial formative period, they become repositories of a substantial amount of personal data, particularly those pertaining to their students. From...
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March 20, 2018
Have you ever wondered what your pornstar name would be like? How about your celebrity look-a-like? Do you know who among your friends is a bad influence? How about those who will never betray you? You probably have. And you’ve probably encountered a quiz or two on Facebook that promise...
March 16, 2018
Last week, I took part in this side event at the Human Rights Council’s 37th ordinary session called, “Digital identity, smart cities, and other data intensive systems: the implications for the right to privacy”. It was held at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, with attendees...
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March 16, 2018
Malicious fake apps are mimicked versions of legitimate applications that engage in excessive collection of user information once installed. They are not applications that have been hacked or compromised in anyway. The people behind them simply developed new ones that pretend to be these...
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February 28, 2018
A couple of weeks ago, we tackled the proposition to establish a mandatory SIM card registration system, which, judging from people’s reactions, remains a polarizing issue even now. Today, we take up another divisive measure, except that it involves a much larger dataset and has more...
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February 20, 2018
A recurring question on the scope of Republic Act No. 10173, also known as the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA), is whether it exempts the field of research from the application of the law. After all, the DPA does say that it does not apply to personal information processed for specific...
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February 13, 2018
A prison term and a fine. Over here in the Philippines, some people who talk about privacy (specifically, data privacy) like to put these two at the core of discussions. Their bottom line: if you don’t obey the law, you go to jail and you pay a hefty sum as a result. I prefer a different...
February 13, 2018
Recognizing the need for kids to make the most out of the web, Google launched its “Be Internet Awesome” campaign in June of last year. The program aims to provide guidance to parents and teachers—arguably still the most influential people in children’s lives—when teaching their kids five (5) Key...
February 06, 2018
People who value their privacy are put through the wringer whenever the advocacy is in the spotlight and propped up against another important interest of the State, the general public, or both. They are forced to examine their priorities and choose which one they prefer more....
January 30, 2018
Headlines these past two weeks are riddled with reports of online news outlet Rappler’s legal woes. First, the Securities and Exchange Commission orders the company to close shop for supposedly violating a provision in the 1987 Constitution regarding mass media ownership and management. Then...

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