University Data Protection Office Blog

April 22, 2019
Enhanced public service delivery is one of many factors that drive every government’s data collection activities. In a typical scenario, a person who wishes to avail of a certain government service is required to present various documents for identification purposes. The government wants...
April 11, 2019
We live in an era when personal data is so valuable that many business models and economies are now actually built around its collection and use. To prevent or at least discourage abuse, governments develop laws that aim to regulate this phenomenon. The Philippines has Republic Act No...
April 10, 2019
Debates on the right to privacy have been around for some time. There is one critical detail, though, that people often forget to consider in such discussions: culture. In my previous article, I argued how privacy, as a concept, seems to be in a state of disarray. Already a complex...
April 10, 2019
Because of the large number of unbanked Filipinos, the constant demand for instant cash, and the prevailing financing gaps in the local economy, it should come as no surprise that online lending platforms have seamlessly found their way into the domestic market. Thanks to them, people...
April 02, 2019
No. 19-06 2 April 2019 NEWS | China high school uses surveillance bracelets to monitor student behavior and location   17 March 2019   CHINA – Students in a high school in...
March 30, 2019
A clear indication of society’s steady march towards the digital revolution is the incorporation of data-intensive technologies in urban spaces. In large scale applications, this has resulted in the concept of smart cities (also, intelligent or cognitive cities). One of the ways in...
March 27, 2019
No. 19-05 27 March 2019 FEATURE | Edtech leaders nudge Congress on grant funding, student data privacy 7 March 2019   WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - Technology leaders representing...
March 14, 2019
In 1890, Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren published the very first issue of the Harvard Law Review and in it wrote their seminal article, The Right to Privacy, which defined the concept as “the right to be let alone”. The two recognized how available technology at that time—the...
March 12, 2019
The privacy paradox is the notion that there is a marked disconnect between people’s declared privacy preferences and that reflected by their actual behavior. The difference is often caused by the very human tendency to favor things associated with convenience and other similar...
March 12, 2019
Privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) are tools that provide for the protection of individual privacy. To determine if a particular technology is a PET, the 1980 Privacy Guidelines established by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is still considered by many...

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