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BU is DPA compliant

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Baliuag University (BU) is on track to complete Phase II of the requirements for registrants under Republic Act 10173 or more commonly known as the Data Protection Act (DPA) of 2012.

This developed as the university brought Thinc Office Corp. Chief Executive Officer and Founder Atty. Joseph Dexter Feliciano to discuss with administration officials, faculty, and students the key aspect of law during its celebration of the National Book Week.

The University, way ahead of the September 9 deadline set by the National Privacy Commission (NPC), has appointed its corporate secretary Atty. Susan B. Jacinto as its data protection officer.

Moreover, BU has complied with the other requirements including conducting privacy impact assessment, creation of a privacy knowledge management program, implementation of a privacy and data protection policy, and exercising a breach reporting procedure.

The DPA requires companies with at least 250 employees or have access to personal data of at least 1,000 people to register with the NPC and comply with its implementation.

Offenses under the DPA are punishable by up to six years imprisonment or up to P5 million in fines depending on the nature and degree of the violation.

BU expects to beat the March 8, 2018 deadline set by the NPC to register its data processing systems.

Meanwhile, in his talk in the university, Feliciano discussed in detail some of the salient points of the DPA including right to privacy, applications of the law, its coverage, processing of personal information, ways to protect privacy, data sharing, and powers of the NPC.

Feliciano emphasized that educational institutions must at all times protect student data and information.

Thinc Office Corp., which started operations in 2012, operates MyLegalWhiz — a dynamic and professionally curated legal research database.

The Data Privacy Act (DPA) was signed in 2012 with the goal of protecting personal data in information and communication systems in the government and the private sector from unauthorized and negligent handling.

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