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Gov’t asks tourism, travel industry: Avoid data theft, obey privacy law

/ 03:11 PM November 21, 2018

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Wednesday reminded the country’s travel and tourism industry players to make sure their customers’ personal information remains protected against data theft.

NPC Chairman Raymund Liboro encouraged travel and tourism companies to to comply with provisions of the Data Privacy Act (DPA) of 2012, as the industry is “seeing a steady, vibrant growth in demand, owing to the strong business climate and increasing domestic spending.”

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The DPA aims “to protect the fundamental human right of privacy, of communication while ensuring free flow of information to promote innovation and growth.”

During the 20th Data Protection Officers Assembly, Liboro underscored the need to alleviate risks in data privacy as the tourism and travel sectors become “increasingly dependent on advances in technology.”

The NPC said compliance with the DPA will help travel and tourism industry achieve stable growth, continue to contribute to national economic progress, and increase its global competitiveness. 

“Data privacy compliance is a must for all organizations that collect and process personal data,” Liboro said.

Ensuring the protection of tourists’ data from acquisition, storage, and transfer allows customers to “enjoy sense of peace of mind while on travel and leisure,” he added. /kga

TOPICS: data privacy, Data Privacy Act, Data Privacy Act of 2012, data theft, local news, nation, national news, National Privacy Commission, News, Philippine news update, Tourism, Travel
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