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NPC seeks inquiry on data privacy abuse in Miss Earth sexual harassment case

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) issued on Sunday, November 11, a letter to Miss Earth beauty pageant organizer Carousel Productions to look into potential data privacy violations related to instances of sexual harassment allegedly suffered by some contestants.

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The NPC said its database shows no record of the organizer, its Data Protection Officer (DPO), nor details of its data processing system. ?This signifies potential non-compliance with the Data Privacy Act and implies possible negligence in adhering to data protection standards set by the commission,? the agency said.

“When personal data is not safeguarded properly, problems would definitely arise and oftentimes escalate out of proportion. And the first step in doing that is to appoint a DPO, as required by law. Every organization has to have someone whose job it is to ensure that the personal information they have been entrusted with remains private and safe from potential misuse,” said NPC chairman Raymund Liboro.


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