Privacy commissioner sees spike in data breaches in colleges, universities

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 23) — The National Privacy Commission said they have recently seen a spike in data breaches involving colleges and universities.

“Marami po ang may interes sa data ng kabataan,” NPC Commissioner Raymund Liboro noted in a briefing on Thursday.

[Translation: A lot are interested in youth's data.]

With these security breaches, he expressed hopes that the higher education institutions will work doubly hard to protect their learners’ personal information.

The commissioner reminded colleges and universities that they are ‘ultimately responsible’ for securing the data of their students.

Some colleges and universities are set to open the semester in August using the flexible mode of learning instead of the traditional face-to-face method in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Liboro noted there are opportunities in shifting to online platforms, but its potentials may be hampered by ‘misuse.’

NPC will form a task force to draw up codes of conduct for online education, which they are eyeing to release “very soon,” Liboro said.