|Title: COMPLIANCE ON DATA PRIVACY ACT OF PRIVATE HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS (HEI’S) IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBAY: BASIS FOR INFORMATION GOVERNANCE MODEL|
KATHERINE C. MARTIREZ
This study assesses the compliance of private higher education institutions (PHEIs) in the province of Albay with the Data Privacy Act of 2012. It identifies gaps in their data privacy practices and offers recommendations for improving adherence to the Act. A mixed-methods research design was employed, including a survey and interviews with key informants from selected PHEIs. The findings reveal that PHEIs in Albay demonstrate a moderate level of compliance across all dimensions, including awareness, policies and procedures, technical measures, and training and education. However, moderate gaps were identified across all dimensions, indicating a need for improvement in their data privacy practices. The study recommends that PHEIs increase awareness of the Act, develop and maintain comprehensive data privacy policies and procedures, implement robust technical measures, provide ongoing training and education on data privacy, and establish a culture of privacy within the institution. The study provides empirical evidence of compliance levels and gaps in data privacy practices within PHEIs in Albay, highlighting the need for a comprehensive approach to data privacy regulation compliance. The recommendations provide practical guidance for PHEIs in Albay to enhance their data privacy practices and better protect personal data.
|Keywords: Data privacy, compliance, private higher education institutions, Data Privacy Act of 2012, Albay, Philippines.|