Makati mayor orders Data Privacy Act compliance to fight cyber crime | Cyber Crime


By Jel Santos

The top official in this city has ordered to fast-track the city's compliance with the Privacy Act of 2012 in all departments, saying such will protect Makati citizens from all forms of .

MB File – Makati Mayor Abigail Binay. (KJ ROSALES) | Manila Bulletin

Abigail Binay

Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay said digital transformation is “absolutely necessary” to take adequate preemptive measures to protect Makati citizens from the all types of cyber crime.

“My administration is firmly committed to pursuing full compliance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (Republic Act 10173). We regard this as a fundamental and absolute necessity if we are to attain our vision of a Digital Makati where our citizens and other stakeholders can enjoy the optimum benefits of information technology, without worrying about threats to data privacy and exposure to cybercrime,” she said.

Makati's compliance with the said law will boost investor confidence and strengthen its competitive advantage as an ideal investment destination in Asia, the mayor said. Makati is the country's financial center.

As such, she said the city has taken the initial steps toward the creation of its own Privacy Management Program and Privacy Manual.

“We recognize the urgency of establishing safety protocols against data privacy breaches, identity theft and fraud,” Binay said.

“Our desire to promote efficiency and transparency in governance with the aid of modern technology can never be greater than our commitment to uphold the highest level of public trust,' she added.

Binay said it is salient to ensure that information being gathered must serve “solely as tools for innovation and development for the benefit of all citizens of Makati.”

 In 2017, the mayor initiated the registration of Makati City in the Data Privacy System of the National Privacy Commission (NPC).

She has designated Atty. Joselino N. Sucion, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), as the city Data Protection Officer (DPO) to complete the first phase of the Data Privacy Accountability and Compliance.

Sucion, in January this year, presided a meeting with designated Compliance Officers for Privacy (COP) of city departments to tackle the proposed data privacy system and gather their inputs for the drafting of the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) in Makati.

PIA intends to provide standards in preserving the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information obtained, created, processed, stored, transmitted, and/or disposed in the performance of the respective duties and functions of city offices.

Tags: Abigail Binay, cybercrime, Data Privacy Act, Digital Makati, Makati, Manila Bulletin, Privacy Management Program, Privacy Manual

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