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NPC lists ways to prevent data breach in SIM card registration

The National Privacy Commission has listed ways to ensure the efficient implementation of the new SIM Card Registration Act.
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Protection vs data breach

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. signed this week the SIM card registration law that aims to address the spread of text scams and other crimes committed through texts.

According to a report by Rappler, the NPC said that while it supports the implementation of the law, risks may still arise due to overcollection and improper or inadequate monitoring practices.

In fulfillment of its duty to uphold the rights of data subjects, the NPC will closely coordinate with other agencies to develop the necessary guidelines to properly implement the bill, the agency said in a statement.

With this, the agency has provided ways to prevent such issues as security risks and data breaches.

The massive collection of data will also require the development of a "technology-neutral approach," as well as "future-proofing" the law so it respects the rights and freedoms of data subjects.

NPC also noted that not all SIM card retailers have the capacity to verify and authenticate the identities of subscribers. As such, the burden to do so should not be on them.

Under the law, registration forms to be filled out will be provided by public telecommunications entities or PTE. During this process, users will have to ensure that the data and documents they submitted are correct.

NPC also discouraged the use of centralized servers due to the risk of security breaches. The law states that PTEs will have a database that will serve as the SIM Register.

The SIM Card Registration Act lists down penalties for anyone proven to have violated its provisions.

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Source: Rappler
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