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WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND THE SEMINAR ON DATA PRIVACY ACT?

“Data is the NEW OIL.”[1] Personal data are now a vital commodity as they are “for sale” in the “dark web.”

“KNOW YOUR ENEMY”, a timeless piece of advice especially relevant today as data privacy threats, both online and offline, have become as rampant as ever.”[2]

R.A. 10173, the Data Privacy Act, seeks to regulate the collection, processing and any further use of personal data by any person or organization, whether in the government or private sector. Personal data include any information that may identify a person, such as names, identification numbers, personal circumstances, and most importantly, sensitive ones like medical records, which a person normally does not intend to disclose to the public.

In the Philippines, there have been countless breaches of said law, some of which have been widely publicized, such as:

  • Criminal prosecution of the COMELEC Head over “Comeleak”, considered “the worst recorded breach on a government-held personal database in the world, based on sheer volume.”
  • Suspension of Jollibee’s online delivery services over data breach.
  • Investigation of Facebook following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal that affected Filipino Facebook users, making the Philippines the 2nd most affected country in terms of total number of data subjects.
  • Uber’s personal data security incident dating back to October 2016 which exposed personal information of Filipinos in the data breach.

Notably, Philippine private firms and government entities are wittingly or unwittingly exposing themselves to possible breach that may lead to criminal prosecution and subsequent conviction of their responsible officers.

To assist them in complying with the latest data privacy requirements, ChanRobles LawNet, Inc., the country’s leading private MCLE provider, is conducting a one-day Seminar on the Data Privacy Law. It has invited the country’s leading authority on the investigation of data breaches, Atty. Francis Euston R. Acero, Chief of the Complaints and Investigation Division of the National Privacy Commission, to speak on the crucial aspects of the law that may be the source of serious legal complications. Another resource speaker, Atty. Oliver Xavier Reyes, the Philippine Representative of the prestigious American Bar Association (ABA), will also speak on the international and cross-border perspective of this subject.

The Seminar is slated on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8:00 am to 5:15 pm at the Crown Plaza Manila Galleria in Ortigas Avenue corner ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Quezon City. You can register online by clicking this link: CRUCIAL SEMINAR ON DATA PRIVACY LAW or you can print and send the attached registration form to us through TeleFax No. 584-7801 or 634-07-36. For more information, please see attached flyer.

Participating lawyers and CPAs will receive MCLE and CPE credits, respectively.


[1] Coined in 2006 by Clive Humby, a British data commercialization entrepreneur.

[2] See “Threats to Security and Privacy”, an online article of the National Privacy Commission dated May 16, 2017.