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Cross-border data protection gets boost

Phl, Singapore ink MoU on robust information flow regime

Miguel Paolo Togonon

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Privacy accord Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob and President Rodrigo Duterte look on as National Privacy Commission head Raymund Liboro (rightmost) and his Singaporean counterpart Tan Kiat How display the memorandum on data protection they signed.

The Philippines and Singapore have agreed to cooperate in ensuring the data protection and privacy of their respective citizens by sharing best practices in cross-border information flows.

No less than President Rodrigo Duterte and his Singaporean counterpart Halimah Yacob have witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the undertaking between the two countries at Malacañang Palace.

The MoU was forged by the Philippines’ National Privacy Commission (NPC) and Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), during the state visit of Singapore’s leader to the Philippines.

NPC Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro and PDPC Commissioner Tan Kiat How were the signatories in the agreement which seeks to improve personal data protection while fostering trust in cross-border data flows.

The document marked the first data protection-related MoU signed between the two Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states.

“With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, the Philippines and Singapore envisions exchanges of information and best practices to foster innovation. We will also work on mutual assistance in data privacy enforcement,” Commissioner Liboro said.

“This is a reaffirmation of both the Philippines’ and Singapore’s recognition of the importance of data governance and cross border data flows to global trade in a digital economy,” he added.

Tan, on the other hand, underscored the need for a robust protection regime for data flows serving as the lifeblood of the digital economy.

In the MoU, both countries committed to cooperate in the areas of mutual exchange of information and joint enforcement actions.

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