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The Philippines privacy office should become fully operational by mid-2018 and will protect the privacy rights of Filipino data subjects worldwide, according to the country’s privacy chief.

Companies doing business in the Philippines, including those that handle customer service and data processing functions for companies outside the country, may face more focused privacy and data security enforcement as a result.

The Philippines sees effective data protection as fundamental to underpin the expansion of its vital business processing operations sector (BPO), which provides call centers, data transcription, and similar services carried out on behalf of foreign corporations, Privacy Commissioner Raymond Liboro said in an interview on the sidelines of the 39th International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners’ Conference in Hong Kong.

By Stephen Gardner. Read the article in full at Bloomberg BNA.

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