Compliance with the Philippine Data Privacy Act for New Corporations

For new corporations in the Philippines, compliance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 is as crucial as any financial or operational obligation. As a lawyer practicing in the Philippines, I often counsel clients on the importance of data protection and privacy. Here’s a guide to help new corporations navigate the complexities of the Data Privacy Act.

Understanding the Data Privacy Act of 2012

The Philippine Data Privacy Act (DPA) is modeled after international data protection laws and aims to protect personal information in information and communications systems of both the private and public sectors. For corporations, this means adhering to strict guidelines on data collection, processing, and storage.

Key Principles of the DPA

  1. Transparency: Data subjects must be aware of the nature, purpose, and extent of the processing of their personal data.
  2. Legitimate Purpose: Processing of data should be for a declared and specified purpose which must not be contrary to law, morals, or public policy.
  3. Proportionality: Only personal data which is necessary and compatible with declared purpose should be collected.

Steps to Ensure Compliance

  1. Appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO): New corporations must appoint a DPO responsible for ensuring compliance with the DPA.
  2. Conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA): Assess what personal data you collect, why you collect it, and how you process, store, and protect it.
  3. Create a Privacy Management Program (PMP): Develop policies and practices for data privacy and protection based on the results of your PIA.
  4. Implement Privacy and Data Protection Measures: Establish organizational, physical, and technical security measures to protect personal data.
  5. Regularly Train Employees: Conduct training programs to familiarize your employees with compliance requirements and procedures.
  6. Report Data Breaches: Be prepared to report data breaches to the National Privacy Commission (NPC) and to the affected data subjects as required by law.

Registration and Notification Requirements

Corporations that process personal data must register their data processing systems with the NPC and periodically renew this registration. Additionally, the DPA requires notification to the NPC and affected individuals in the event of a data breach.

Documentation and Record-Keeping

Maintain documentation for compliance, such as records of consent, data access logs, and policies and procedures. This documentation will be vital in the event of an audit or compliance check by the NPC.

Penalties for Non-Compliance

Non-compliance with the DPA can result in administrative fines, criminal penalties, and civil liabilities. It’s essential for corporations to understand the severity of these penalties and to take data privacy compliance seriously.


Compliance with the Data Privacy Act is not optional; it’s a legal obligation and a critical aspect of corporate responsibility in the Philippines. New corporations must prioritize data privacy from the onset, integrating it into their business processes and corporate culture. By doing so, they not only avoid legal repercussions but also build trust with customers and stakeholders.

Navigating the business landscape in the Philippines can be both rewarding and intricate. Whether you’re embarking on a new venture or scaling up, ensuring that your corporate endeavors are in line with local regulations is paramount.

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