It is curious how the National Privacy Commission (NPC) has not yet issued an official statement on the proposal of a DILG executive to require the wearing of vaccination cards as a form of ID when outside.
The NPC has been an active vanguard of protecting the privacy of individuals since its inception. It has become more vocal last year at the in the wake of and at the height of pandemic when moves to make public those who had Covid-19 was pushed by certain sectors.
Curiously, the NPC has not yet issued any statement regarding this new drive to publicize a person’s medical information in the guise of an “ID” to be worn similar to students in school or employees in companies.
It seems that there is a long way to go for privacy to be ingrained into the minds of the Filipino people, particularly from its public officials. This right is not to be taken lightly. After all, it has been characterized by our laws as a fundamental right. Going further, the Supreme Court has defined it as the great right to be left alone, which is crucial for one’s own self-determination.