Now that President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act 11202 or the Mobile Number Portability Act, mobile subscribers can now switch from one network to another without losing their original number. Telcos will no longer have exclusive prefixes since the law now requires them to activate user requests by keeping their same mobile number.

Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro released a statement today saying that they are supporting the proper implementation of the new law.

Data portability is one of the eight data privacy rights under Section 18 of the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) or RA 10173. It allows anyone to “obtain and electronically move, copy or transfer your data in a secure manner, for further use.”

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) assures the public that they will work hand-in-hand with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) along with other concerned agencies in crafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) and other related policies.

“In the implementation of the Mobile Number Portability Act, the NTC, together with the NPC, shall endeavor to ensure that public telecommunications entities handling the subscribers’ personal data shall strictly adhere to the provisions of the DPA, and provide safeguards to protect said personal data in the course of porting activities, bearing in mind the data privacy rights of the subscribers,” Liboro said in the published statement.

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