Manila wins seat in int’l privacy body

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Although a newcomer to data privacy regulation, the Philippines earned a voting seat in the five-member executive committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, a global conference of 119 independent regulators coming together to explore high-level proposals on data protection and privacy.

The voting was held on 23 October during the closed door session meeting at the Palais D’ Egmont in Brussels, Belgium.

Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) led the country’s involvement in the conference the past two years, drawing attention to the country’s efforts to step up to global data protection standards with a uniquely Asian approach to regulation.

The conference continues to grow having admitted additional members from Germany, Korea and Argentina plus other countries with observer status, namely India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

“It is an honor for the NPC to represent the country at the ICDPPC, especially in a leadership capacity. This is an acknowledgement of the hard work we expend, as well as the country’s commitment to data protection,” Loboro said.

The Conference’s Executive Committee is composed of five elected members with a term of two years. Current members include the privacy authorities of Australia, Canada, Burkina Faso and the United Kingdom which holds the chairmanship. It has two additional members comprising of the next two hosting nations, namely Albania and Mexico.

“Having a seat at the committee to take part in addressing challenges that privacy regulators face is definitely a privilege for the NPC. It’s an opportunity for learning from each other’s experience. Definitely, the Philippines, although young, has a lot to contribute, especially in assisting new members,” Libor added.

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