The Nationwide Privateness Fee (NPC) mentioned on Friday regulation enforcement or investigative businesses of the federal government do not need “blanket authority” to entry or use details about non-public people below the custody of one other authorities company.
NPC Commissioner Raymund Liboro reminded all authorities businesses of their duties and tasks as “private info controllers” below the Information Privateness Act of 2012.
“Whereas the NPC acknowledges that there could also be a presumption of regularity within the conduct of police operations, the rights of the info topics stay to be paramount and should be upheld always,” Liboro mentioned in a press release.
This was in response to the request made by the Calbayog Metropolis Police to the native courtroom for a listing of legal professionals representing individuals recognized with the communist motion.
He mentioned consideration needs to be made on the character of the requested info and whether or not such info is required to be saved confidential according to different legal guidelines and rules.
Liboro mentioned the NPC is at the moment monitoring and searching for to acquire extra info on the incident.
Final week, PNP Officer-in-Cost, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, ordered the aid of Lt. Fernando Calabria Jr., the police intelligence chief of Calbayog Metropolis, Samar, and the signatory to the letter requesting the listing of legal professionals, which went viral on social media.
The choice, Eleazar mentioned, was made in session with PNP Chief, Gen. Debold Sinas, who’s at the moment below quarantine after contracting the coronavirus illness 2019.
He famous that the PNP is checking if there are comparable incidents in different areas.