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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Philippines NPC issues privacy reminder during COVID-19 outbreak Related reading: Investigation finds some iPhone apps continue tracking against user wishes




Philippines’ National Privacy Commission says the government must balance individual privacy with public health interests as the number of COVID-19 patients increases, Back End News reports. The Data Privacy Act does not prevent government and health entities from processing personal and sensitive information “when necessary to fulfill their mandates during a public health emergency.” Unnecessarily disclosing personal information “may stunt government efforts to identify and test individuals with confirmed cases effectively and may have serious consequences,” according to the report.
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