Butch Fernandez reports:
Sen. Edgardo J. Angara underscored anew that the Data Privacy Act will not curtail the public’s right to information, especially on matters of public interest.
Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, explained that while the measure seeks to protect the integrity and confidentiality of personal data, it will not punish journalists and media outfits for publishing stories based on “leaked” information.
Section 4 of the Data Privacy Act, embodied in the bicameral conference version, states exclusions to the scope of the measure, which include “Personal information processed for journalistic, artistic, literary or research purposes.” Other exclusions cover information about civil servants and officials of the government.
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