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Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar assured the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) that mechanisms are in place for data management and privacy in the use of body-worn cameras in police operations.

According to PGen Eleazar the technical working group, which was tasked to incorporate the protocols created by the Supreme Court with the rules crafted by the PNP, is also making sure that data privacy issues are all addressed.

“I assure the CHR that in the crafting and issuance of the Supreme Court’s guidelines on the use of body-worn cameras, data management and privacy were given primary  importance in our honorable Justices’ deliberations,” PGen Eleazar said.

“Nakapaloob sa resolusyon ng Korte Suprema ang pagpapahalaga sa data privacy at ang pangangalaga sa mga impormasyong makakalap gamit ang mga body-worn cameras,” the PNP Chief added.

“Magpapatuloy din ang ugnayan natin sa National Privacy Commission hinggil sa bagay na ito,” he said.

The CHR expressed “high hopes” that the body-worn cameras would result in more transparent police operations, which would bring back public trust in law enforcement.

The PNP had introduced last month the use of the body-worn camera system to ensure transparency and the legitimacy of law-enforcement operations. Initially, a total of 2,696 body cameras were distributed to 171 city police stations and offices nationwide.

PGen Eleazar had said that the police force needs more or less 30,000 body-worn cameras so that all police stations and units will be provided with them for use in operations.