MANILA – The National Confidentiality Commission (NPC) has invited officials at the Pines City College, Baguio City, to explain why their women are demanding pregnancy tests.
In his letter to the Pines City College, Rocio Prats-Baltao, chairman of the administration, Regina Prats and the school principal, Aurelia Navarro, sought clarification on how the processing of the school's personal information under the new memorandum would be transparent, legitimate, and proportionate.
The NPC also asked the officials to prove their compliance with the confidentiality and protection laws of confidential personal information.
The Commission announced that it is launching a sua sponte investigation into the confidentiality of data contained in the memorandum issued on 25 October by Pines City College, exposing female students to compulsory pregnancy tests.
It noted that the collection of this kind of data should only be done for a specific and legitimate purpose.
The NPC also noted that the processing of information on personal health and sexual history is prohibited unless it fulfills certain conditions, for example by giving its consent; if this is necessary in order to protect the life and health of the subject; and if it is for medical treatment.
"Failure to comply with these conditions or failure to respect fundamental data confidentiality principles may result in civil, administrative and criminal liability," NPC added. PNA-northboundasia.com