Oct 21, 2021 @ 13:47

Privacy body tells Pharmally execs: Data privacy not an excuse vs Senate subpoena

The National Privacy Commission belied the excuse given by Pharmally Pharmaceutical executives Mohit and Twinkle Dargani in refusing to submit to the Senate important documents detailing their supply deals with the government.

The Dargani siblings are now in hiding after the Senate ordered their arrest for refusing to comply with the Blue Ribbon Committee’s subpoena for important documents to shed light on the allegedly anomalous and overpriced medical supplies they sold to the Department of Health.

“We would like to reiterate that the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) does not prohibit the disclosure of personal or sensitive personal information (collectively, personal data) when necessary for purposes of complying with validly issued subpoenas by government investigating bodies,” Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro said in a statement. “Data privacy rights should not be cited as an excuse to evade legal proceedings.”

“While we advocate for the protection of the right to data privacy of data subjects, there are provisions in the law that recognizes the processing of personal information when necessary for compliance with a legal obligation or to fulfill functions of public authorities,” he added.

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