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NPC issues ‘work from home’ guidelines

By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is instructing public and private organizations to ensure the protection of personal data as they implement a work from home (WFH) setup with their employees, which may likely stay on as part of the “new normal” as the country continues to manage the COVID- 19 crisis.

Ina NPC PHEBulletin No. 12 released to media, the NPC acknowledged WFH as a feasible management solution supportive of government calls for continued social distancing.

The agency, however, warns organizations that the setup is not risk-free.

To make WFH sustainable, personal data should be accorded the same high level of protection as required by the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

“Given the public health emergency (PHE) that the country faces, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) supports the adoption of the WFH setup as a viable strategy to balance the need to preserve the health and well-being of an organization’s workforce with the need to continuously operate and provide services to the public,” said Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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