NPC, CICC sign MOA to thwart the use of ICT for data breaches and cybercrimes

PASAY CITY ---- The National Privacy Commission (NPC) and the Cybercrime
Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) jointly signed a Memorandum of Agreement
(MOA) to synergize their efforts in combating and preventing the use of information and
communication technology (ICT) for criminal and unauthorized purposes. The agreement was
signed on December 9, 2022.

The joint signing was attended by Privacy Commissioner Atty. John Henry D. Naga and
Undersecretary Alexander K. Ramos, Executive Director of the CICC. The NPC and CICC jointly
resolved “to counter the use of ICTs for criminal and unauthorized purposes; and to foster interagency cooperation and resource sharing towards prevention, suppression, and prosecution of
cybercrimes and data privacy breaches.”

“The Memorandum of Agreement between the National Privacy Commission and the
Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center is the culmination of our agencies’ mutual
ambition to further protect the integrity of the Philippines’ digital transformation journey. The
NPC is committed to work with CICC to ensure the safe and secure integration of digital services
and processes into all areas of organizations and businesses,” the Privacy Commissioner said.

The MOA enables effective joint action in data protection and cybercrime law, and data
privacy law enforcement. Also, it allows the NPC to access resources, technical expertise, and
institutional and international linkages of the National Cybercrime Hub (NCH) to fulfill its
mandate related to data privacy and protection.

As part of the MOA’s compliance with the Data Privacy Act (DPA) of 2012, the NPC will
participate in the NCH activities, which the CICC established to build a network that gathers law
enforcement and government agencies, academe, industry experts, and international law
enforcement and government partners for more effective inter-agency and stakeholder
coordination, and resource sharing towards the prevention of cybercrimes.

Data privacy lawyers from the NPC will be assigned in the NCH to provide inputs to
ensure compliance with the DPA. In addition, the NPC shall allow resource sharing for the
accomplishment of the objectives and scope of the MOA.