IRR for Data Privacy Act released 4 years after passage of law

Four years after its approval in 2012, the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Data Privacy Act was finally promulgated by the National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Aug. 24, Wednesday.

NPC commissioner Raymond Liboro (right, standing) with deputy commissioner Dondi Mapa and Ivy Patdu in one of the public consultations held by the agency. Photo credit: FMA

NPC commissioner Raymond Liboro (right, standing) with deputy commissioner Dondi Mapa and Ivy Patdu in one of the public consultations held by the agency. Photo credit: FMA

The issuance of the IRR was set into motion in March this year when Pres. Benigno Aquino III formally appointed the commissioner and deputy commissioners of the NPC, the agency tasked with the implementation of RA 10173 or the Data Privacy Act.

After the announcement of the appointments, NPC commissioner Raymond Liboro and deputy commissioners Dondi Mapa and Ivy Patdu then conducted several public hearings for the IRR in different parts of the country.

The first public consultation was held on July 13 University of the Philippines Diliman. This was followed on July 14 at the Ateneo de Davao University.

Non-profit group Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) then organized another public consultation in Cebu City on July 28. The last public hearing was hosted by UP Manila on August 16.

According to the FMA, the NPC also held separate meetings with various stakeholder groups such as the research and migrant sectors as part of public consultation process.

The IRR, which can be downloaded here, will take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

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