Privacy body reminds stores to protect customers’ data | Elijah Felice Rosales

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THE National Privacy Commission (NPC) has warned business establishments they may be penalized for up to P5 million if they fail to protect the data listed on contact tracing forms of their customers.

In a statement on Monday, the NPC called on business owners to handle with extra care the data written on contact tracing forms. The agency said firms should understand the gravity of information they have just by collecting basic details from individuals.

Khane S. Raza, director at the NPC’s Compliance and Monitoring Division, said establishments should make a reasonable way to collect data to prevent accidental and unauthorized leakage.

“As you are in the best position to anticipate and manage risks based on your store setup, you should be able to identify points of possible risks for you to develop the security measures appropriate for your operations,” Raza explained.

The NPC said negligent firms may be penalized under the Data Privacy Act with jail time and fines. With a combination of prohibited acts, a violator could be slapped with P5 million in fine and sentenced up to six years behind prison.

Gela Boquiren, head of the Privacy Council for retail and manufacturing, stressed stores should base …

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