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NPC lauds Congress for acting on controversial Data Privacy Act 06/08/2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

NPC lauds Congress for acting on controversial Data Privacy Act

06/08/2012
The National Press Club (NPC) has hailed members of Congress for removing a provision in the proposed Data Privacy Act of 2012 that has triggered a protest from the ranks of local journalists over its “muzzling effect” on media reporting and practice.

“We laud the members of Congress for promptly acting on the concerns we raised as regards Section 32 and other relevant provisions of the proposed Data Privacy Act which, to our mind, pose a threat to media reporting and practice in particular and press freedom in general,” NPC president Benny Antiporda said.

Originally, under Section 32 of the consolidated bill, the so-called “Breach of Confidentiality” clause would penalize any person who released personal or sensitive information that got reported by the media with a fine of up to P2 million or imprisonment of up to five years..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120608met4.html

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