Diocesan chancellors tackle data protection

Diocesan chancellors tackle data protection

By Francis Eugene Fadul

May 7, 2019

Talibon, Bohol

Concerns about the privacy of Catholic clerics and their dioceses were expressed during a discussion on the data privacy law in Bohol province last week.

The topic highlighted this year’s convention of the National Association of Diocesan Chancellors of the Philippines held in Trinidad town from April 30 to May 4.

Lawyer Terese Ray Anne Aquino led the discussion on “Data Privacy and the Church” by presenting the law and its relevance to canon law.

Some 119 participants from 54 dioceses, including the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, attended the convention hosted by the Diocese of Talibon.

The Data Privacy Act of 2012 penalizes unauthorized disclosure of personal information collected by the government and the private sector.

The said activity sought to equip the dioceses with self-help tools which they can use to protect the personal information of their parishioners.

In his talk, Fr. Milan Ted Torralba of the CBCP Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church emphasized on the value of the archives as part of heritage.

He said that part of the roles of the chancellors is to be the curator of this important records of the past.