Open letter to request for strong user privacy protections in the Philippines’ COVID-19 contact tracing efforts

08 July 2020   The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Department of Health (DOH) Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Multisys Technology Corporation (Multisys) World Health Organization (WHO)   Open letter to request for strong user privacy protections in the Philippines’ COVID-19 contact Read more…

Covid-19, public health, and privacy: The FMA Digital Rights Report

How does the Covid-19 pandemic impact public health surveillance and our privacy rights? In the Philippines’ national capital region (NCR), military and police enforce a ‘community quarantine’ that restricts human movement in and outside Metro Manila, subject to necessary exceptions. Leaders urge citizens to practice social distancing to avoid exposure. Read more…

[FMA Statement] Rights group expresses concern over reported anomalous DICT disbursements

The Foundation for Media Alternatives expresses grave concerns over the alleged misuse of confidential funds by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the purpose of conducting surveillance activities. On Monday, February 3, former DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. confirmed his resignation from the agency, citing the lack Read more…

More than ever, we need to talk about business and human rights

When one mentions business and human rights, corporate social responsibility immediately comes to mind. But the times call for businesses to do more than plant trees, hold fundraisers, or send scholars to school – today, they are called to be at the forefront of respecting human dignity and fundamental rights. Read more…

Joint statement: The Philippine Identification System Act and its IRR proceedings

We, the undersigned, as civil society organizations and concerned citizens of the Philippines, express our grave concern for the recent proceedings regarding the promulgation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 11055, or the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act. During the weekend of September 22, the Read more…