NPC: Online monitoring of quarantine violators must be legal

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) stressed that government’s online monitoring violators must be legal and must respect individual privacy.

NPC Commissioner Raymund Liboro said the reported plan by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to scan social media for violators of quarantine protocols must respect data privacy rights.

Liboro reminded state authorities that “in keeping communities safe in this pandemic, leads and evidence gathered from social media and other digital tools to enforce the law must be legally obtained,”

The PNP, he said, must use ways that are not intrusive to build the trust and confidence of netizens, when it undertakes social media monitoring.

He said law enforcers “should be trained in the proper use of social media monitoring to build the confidence and trust of the public.”

The PNP, he said, must also explain to the public how they intend to evaluate possible violators and how they will continue to observe privacy rights.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said the country’s laws allow the police to conduct surveillance on social media.

Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro (Photo Courtesy of PTV)

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