In this edition, we feature Atty. Jon O. Bello CIPM CIPP/E, Associate General Counsel - Asia (Philippines, Japan, and China) at Alorica and IAPP KnowledgeNet Chapter Co-chair (Philippines)
I have been practicing law for more than 20 years. I started out as a labor and litigation lawyer before becoming an in-house counsel for a US BPO where I was exposed to different legal jurisdictions and privacy cultures particularly those in the US and Latin America.
It all started with a missing laptop sometime in 2009. I was with my first US BPO company when we had a report that one of our US employees lost a company issued laptop. I was part of the team involved in the investigation. I then realized how serious other countries were with respect to the security of personal data which was not usual in the Philippine situation at that time. I eventually became included in a team that ensured our company’s compliance with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act and Payment Card Data Industry Security Standard.
I took two International Association Privacy Professional certification courses - CIPM and CIPP/E.
I have decided to take the CIPP/E course because EU GDPR is the universal language of data protection. Most data protection laws, including the Philippine Data Privacy Act of 2012, have been influenced if not patterned after the EU GDPR. As a lawyer, being knowledgeable and developing expertise on EU GDPR has helped me become a better advocate of data protection.
The CIPM course helped me understand how to operationalize privacy compliance in a consistent and uniform manner considering that we have 4 Philippine companies employing 40,000 people in 19 different sites all over the Philippines. I also took the CIPM course because it would help me prepare for an expanded privacy role in an international level as I now also cover Japan, China, and India.
I had not taken similar courses elsewhere but I did previously attend several seminars on data protection. Unfortunately, I did not learn much as the seminars’ approach was too legalistic and without practical application. This motivated me to look for courses that met international standards and that was why how I found out about Straits Interactive.
I currently ensure our company’s compliance with the Philippine Data Privacy of 2012 through a privacy program which includes among other things, the conduct of privacy impact assessments, training and awareness, internal audits, and assessments of third party vendors. I am the company’s subject matter expert on privacy related issues and concerns. I work with the BPO Industry associations and government bodies to adopt or amend privacy legislation, standards, or guidance.
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