The Philippines and Singapore have agreed to share best practices in personal data protection and develop compatible mechanisms to facilitate trusted cross-border data flows including mutual recognition of comparable protection afforded by their respective laws.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Singapore president Halimah Yacob personally witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Malacañan Palace on Monday, Sept. 9, between the National Privacy Commission (NPC) and Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), during the state visit of the Singaporean leader to the Philippines.
The MoU — signed by NPC chair Raymund Liboro and PDPC commissioner Tan Kiat How — reaffirms the working relationship between the two countries to improve personal data protection and foster trust in cross-border data flows.
The document marks the first data protection-related MoU signed between the two Asean member-states.
Privacy commissioner Liboro stated the collaboration would further ensure that the Philippines and Singapore would continue to strengthen its partnership when it comes to data protection.
“With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, the Philippines and Singapore envision exchanges of information and best practices to foster innovation. We will also work on mutual assistance in data privacy enforcement,” Liboro said.
For his part, PDPC’s Tan said the MoU signals Singapore’s continued strong partnership with the Philippines as a collaboration partner.
“Singapore is pleased to continue fostering closer collaborations with partners such as the Philippines to drive a robust data protection regime crucial to promoting and safeguarding cross border data flows that are the lifeblood of the digital economy. Our work will include developing mechanisms to facilitate cross-border data flow, such as the Apec Cross-Border Privacy Rules and Asean Cross-Border Data Flows Mechanism, and best practices to enable data innovation, through the use of data sharing sandboxes,” he said.
In the MoU, both countries have committed to cooperate in the areas of mutual exchange of information and joint enforcement actions.