University Data Protection Office Blog

April 23, 2018
QUEZON CITY — With the aim to improve the country’s quality of education, the Philippine government, through the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K to 12 program, has implemented a comprehensive reform of its education system. This development has caused significant changes in the...
April 13, 2018
Did you catch anything new or different the last time you entered the University? If not, try to look around the next time you pass by. See if you can make out any changes. On 27 March 2018, the Ateneo de Manila University finally rolled out the first in its series of Privacy Notices (...
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April 10, 2018
In the wake of this Cambridge Analytica affair, we are once again confronted with the reality of just how much information we leak to the world, how much data companies generate about us, and how far entities are willing to go to exploit them to pursue pernicious ends. And to think it...
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April 06, 2018
Since its invention roughly 29 years ago, the Internet has completely transformed the way we live. Communication has been a lot easier, creating a more globally connected society. That said, with the exponential increase in the number of websites today, so too have the amount of personal...
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March 28, 2018
It was not so long ago when drones referred only to so-called Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)—unmanned aircrafts flown by human pilots from remote locations, primarily for government and military purposes. Today, these flying contraptions come in all shapes and sizes, are used in...
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March 23, 2018
Next to family, schools are among the first few institutions that people become part of while growing up. Consistent with their role during this crucial formative period, they become repositories of a substantial amount of personal data, particularly those pertaining to their students. From...
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March 20, 2018
Have you ever wondered what your pornstar name would be like? How about your celebrity look-a-like? Do you know who among your friends is a bad influence? How about those who will never betray you? You probably have. And you’ve probably encountered a quiz or two on Facebook that promise...
March 16, 2018
Last week, I took part in this side event at the Human Rights Council’s 37th ordinary session called, “Digital identity, smart cities, and other data intensive systems: the implications for the right to privacy”. It was held at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, with attendees...
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March 16, 2018
Malicious fake apps are mimicked versions of legitimate applications that engage in excessive collection of user information once installed. They are not applications that have been hacked or compromised in anyway. The people behind them simply developed new ones that pretend to be these...
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February 28, 2018
A couple of weeks ago, we tackled the proposition to establish a mandatory SIM card registration system, which, judging from people’s reactions, remains a polarizing issue even now. Today, we take up another divisive measure, except that it involves a much larger dataset and has more...

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