Philippines industry groups urged to establish privacy compliance code

The National Association of Data Protection Officers of the Philippines (NADPOP) urged industry groups to come up with their own privacy code to enable firms to comply with the Data Privacy Act. NADPOP chief said violations of the Data Privacy Act would mean jail terms and fines, and that all industry groups must have their respective privacy code to serve as a roadmap to allow their members to comply with the national legislation. In September, FinTechAlliance, a coalition of financial technology and digital firms, committed to promote a code of ethics and a code of conduct for responsible. According to PhilStar, his announcement followed a decision by the National Privacy Commission (NPC) to recommend the filing of criminal charges against officials of online lending apps which allegedly committed data privacy violations by using the information of borrowers to harass and embarrass them to collect loan payments.