The National Privacy Commission has some useful tips in protecting our data online, but there are still things we do off the internet that can potentially compromise our information.

Here are some of the other ways you can protect your personal data, offline and online.

The concept of data privacy may sound esoteric, but it affects much of our lives today, from the way we work, conduct business, and communicate with one another online. This goes especially for those of us in the academe. In this issue, the UP Forum delves into the intricacies of data privacy and Republic Act 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012, and what these mean for the UP Community and for ordinary individuals.

While spine surgeries used to be very long, risky, and bloody affairs, this need not be the case today. According to spine surgeon Dr. Rafael Bundoc of the University of the Philippines General Hospital (UP PGH), minimally invasive spine surgeries are now on the rise. With these advanced techniques, patients of UP PGH can go back to their homes and jobs after a few hours of rest and avoid the costs that come with long hospital stays.

While the right to privacy and invasion of privacy have been the topics of national conversations involving data leaks from celebrities or politicians, the idea of privacy itself remains abstract among many.

In this feature, Data Privacy Deputy Commissioner Dino Aguirre discusses the concept of privacy and how it applies in the academe.