The Senate has passed the Data Privacy Act. The bill is based on European Directive 95/46/EC and requires certain data security standards in addition to provisions on the handling of data by business process outsourcers (BPOs), ABS-CBNnews.com reports. The bill's author, Sen. Edgardo Angara, feels it will help spur investment in the Philippines BPO and IT sectors. The act would establish a National Privacy Commission in charge of implementation and enforcement. "Generally, the commission will be mandated to enforce policies that balance the right of the private person to privacy with the need to speed up the utilization of the Internet," Angara said.
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