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Philippine businesses must comply with the Data Privacy Act or Republic Act No. 10173 by September 9, 2017 or face sanctions and penalties.  That’s how serious the government is in protecting the citizen’s right to privacy.

 

The Philippine Data Privacy Act (DPA) aims to protect every individual’s information recorded on any IT and communication system in both government and private sectors.  The government has mandated the National Privacy Commission (NPC) to educate and enforce this 5-year old law.

 

The NPC seeks to ensure that companies adhere to the DPA by appointing its own data protection officer (DPO), conduct privacy impact assessment and create a privacy management program. Under the law, organizations must also implement a privacy and data protection measures and regularly exercise breach reporting procedures.

 

The Data Privacy Act impacts not just SMEs but any organization that employs 250 people or handles more than a thousand customers in their database. Violators can be fined up to PhP 5M for committing the acts penalized by the DPA.  Just how serious is the Philippine government with protecting the citizenry’s privacy rights? The NPC has called out one of the biggest government agencies and even large corporations that hold Personally Identifiable Information (PII) for privacy violations that were stated in the Data Privacy Act.

 

Microsoft’s commitment to the Data Privacy Act

Microsoft strongly believes the Data Privacy Act represents an important step forward for individual privacy rights. This act also seeks to ensure personal data is protected no matter where it is sent, processed, or stored.  Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to security, privacy, and transparency are consistent with the goals of the Data Privacy Act. To support this government drive, Microsoft has been working on helping businesses in their journey to comply with this important legislation.

 

To help companies start their DPA compliance initiatives, we’ve made available online tools and resources through a dedicated Microsoft Trust Center website focused on information on the Data Privacy Act. Through this site, businesses may also take a free risk assessment by the National Privacy Commission to assess their privacy risk level under the DPA regulation.

 

Microsoft’s Comprehensive Solutions that helps businesses comply

As this policy seeks to help Filipino citizens in their right to privacy and businesses need to be both responsible and accountable for their customers’ data, businesses are not alone in this journey.

 

Microsoft products and services are available today to help businesses meet the Data Privacy Act requirements, and is investing in additional features and functionality. Through our cloud services and on-premises solutions, Microsoft will help locate and catalog personal data in the business’s systems, build a more secure environment, simplify management and monitoring of personal data, and give the tools and resources needed to meet the Data Privacy Act reporting and assessment requirements.

 

  • With Microsoft Azure, an organization can receive a level of data protection and physical security that far exceeds typical on-premises firewall protection. Azure offers businesses peace of mind knowing that their apps and data are getting the same level of protection chosen by Microsoft‚Äôs enterprise customers, including many of the world‚Äôs largest financial institutions.
  • Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) helps give users a more secure and integrated productivity experience with Microsoft‚Äôs enterprise mobility solutions. Securing identities like multi-factor-authentication, device health/data protection with remote wipe and disconnection capabilities, information protection at rest and in-transit, and advanced detection capabilities against security breaches are among the key prescriptions in the DPA. EMS‚Äô layered security across Identity, Devices, Apps, and Data helps with the ongoing compliance.
  • If the business involves processing important information, then Office 365 is the application suite needed to get the power of Office anywhere and on any device! Plus, regular updates ensure information is secure and protected.
  • Windows 10 provides identity protection and safeguards from pass the hash It also provides data encryption at the device and on file level. This ensures corporate data isn‚Äôt accidentally or intentionally leaked to unauthorized users or locations.
    On top of that, Windows 10 also offers threat resistance with enterprise grade anti-virus protection that completely locks down your device, so you can run only trusted applications. It can also provide additional device security through UEFI Secure Boot and Virtualization-based security. It ensures that a genuine version of Windows starts first on your device, and moves some of the most sensitive Windows processes into a secure execution environment to help prevent tampering and prevent attackers from evading detection.

With these end-to-end solutions, businesses can focus on their core strategy while efficiently ensuring that they are compliant with this legislation. Microsoft understands that when our customer uses our services, this means entrusting us with their most valuable asset‚ÄĒtheir data. They trust that its privacy will be protected and that it will be used only in a way that is consistent with their expectations.

 

As the September 9, 2017 deadline nears, businesses have less than 175 days to comply. But they must realize that they are not alone in this endeavor. They have Microsoft as their trusted partner to help them in this journey for data privacy.

 

Visit the Microsoft Trust Center website now, take a free risk assessment, be informed on the latest news on the Data Privacy Act and get to know more about specific Microsoft solutions.

 

 

About Microsoft

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Microsoft Philippines, the local subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, has been constantly bringing innovation and making its technology available to Filipino businesses and individuals since 1995. As a committed and trusted partner in nation-building, Microsoft Philippines has made it its mission to fuel growth and healthy communities, as well as transform locally-based businesses and empower them to compete in the global economy.


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