About UDPO


The University Data Protection Office (UDPO) is a unit under the Office of the President responsible for ensuring the compliance by the Ateneo de Manila University—including its various offices and personnel—with Republic Act No. 10173, also known as the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA), its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), and other applicable privacy and data protection laws and policies, including issuances by the National Privacy Commission (NPC).

What We Do

We develop and implement policies and procedures designed to protect all personal data under the control or custody of the University after going through the institution’s standard approval process. In line with this, we perform the following specific functions:

  • Monitor the University’s compliance with all applicable data protection laws and policies;
  • Give advice to the University’s various units, centers, offices, and personnel regarding complaints and/or the exercise by data subjects of their rights under the DPA;
  • Conduct Privacy Impact Assessments relative to activities, measures, projects, programs, or systems of the University and its different units, centers, and offices;
  • Ensure proper management of security incidents including data breaches, that involve personal data under the control or custody of the University. We also prepare and submit to the NPC any or all required reports and documentation;
  • Inform and cultivate awareness on privacy and data protection in the University;
  • Serve as the contact person of the University vis-a-vis data subjects, the NPC, and other concerned parties, in all matters concerning privacy and data protection;
  • Cooperate and coordinate with the NPC and other government agencies regarding matters concerning privacy and data protection.

Our Team

Jam Jacob

Jam is a recognised authority in data protection. An IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy (CIPP/E, CIPM, FIP), he has more than 11 years of experience in the field and 14 years of practicing law. Outside of the University, he is Policy and Legal Advisor to the Foundation for Media Alternatives, a civil society organisation advocating for human rights online. He is also a data protection consultant, primarily as head of the advisory and research firm, the LIGHTS Institute. Jam has been actively involved in the crafting of many data protection policies in the Philippines, such as the implementing rules of the Data Privacy Act of 2012. Today, he continues to work with global leaders in privacy rights advocacy, such as Privacy International, Association for Progressive Communications, and the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab. He also sits as a member of the Data Privacy Council for the Education Sector. He is a regular resource person at various forums and to news organisations, both domestic and foreign. He has degrees in Sociology and Law from the University of the Philippines. He also obtained a postgraduate degree (with First Class Honours) in Human Rights Law from the University of Auckland, as a 2014 New Zealand ASEAN Scholar Awards recipient. He has also taken up the Summer Course on US-EU Privacy Law and Policy at the University of Amsterdam.


Shari Datu Tambuyung
Compliance Officer for Privacy

Shari is a former Development Management Officer of the National Privacy Commission, serving under its Policy Development Division. In the agency’s effort to engage with different sectors, she was designated as overall sectoral champion for the retail industry. She has attended various activities taking up human rights issues, with many focusing on privacy rights and other civil liberties. She has also organized and conducted orientations sessions relating to privacy and data protection. Shari completed her undergraduate studies at Miriam College, where she earned a degree in Business Administration.


Chen Argote
Research and Administrative Assistant

Chen is a former Administrative Staff of the Philippine Retirement Authority, under the Financial Management Division. In line with the agency’s mandate, she catered to various stakeholders, both foreign and domestic, to accommodate their business transactions with PRA. She has also served as a Marketing and Finance Assistant to various private organizations. She completed her undergraduate studies as a CHED full-merit scholar at the National College of Business and Arts with a degree in Business Administration (Major: Marketing Management).

University Data Protection Office

Room 200, Manila Observatory,
Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights campus,
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City 1108

+63 2 426-6001 local 4801

info.udpo@ateneo.edu (Inquiries)
alert.udpo@ateneo.edu (Complaints)

Contact Form [doc] [pdf]
Use this form to submit or file inquiries, concerns, complaints, or to report a security incident or data breach.

Incident Report Form [doc] [pdf]
For University Personnel, use this form to report a security incident or data breach.