The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

UK Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, and her counterpart in the Philippines, Commissioner and Chairman Raymund Enriquez Liboro (NPC), have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The MOU, signed virtually via video-teleconference, sets out the commitment of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the NPC to fostering closer collaboration and cooperation in data protection in the two jurisdictions.

Recognising the nature of the modern global economy, the increasing complexity of information technologies, and the resulting need for increased cross-border enforcement cooperation, this MOU reaffirms the intent of the participants to deepen their existing relations and to assist each other in enforcing data protection legislation.

Under the MOU, the two authorities will collaborate to deliver the regulatory cooperation necessary to support their data-based economies and protect the fundamental rights of citizens of each jurisdiction. It lays the basis of the enhanced work relationship for the two authorities to go forward in matters of mutual regulatory interest.

UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said:

“Today we are recognising the value of cooperation between privacy authorities. We are responding to the global nature of our modern digital worlds. And we are working together to better protect the information rights of our citizens, alongside realising the opportunities of digital innovation.”

The MOU will not involve the sharing of personal data and is in line with the ICO’s legal responsibilities. It fits firmly with UK commitments to protect the personal data of its citizens, while enabling the opportunities of digital innovation.