‘WILL BE SUMMONED’ | Privacy Commission to probe DFA’s passport data breach
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January 12, 2019 – The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Saturday said it will conduct an investigation on the Department of Foreign Affairs’ assertion that a privately contracted firm ran away with documents and data from the agency’s passport database.
Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro issued the statement following the revelation of Foreign Affairs secretary Teddy Locsin, Jr. last Tuesday, January 8, that the agency is rebuilding its files from scratch after the tapped contractor “took all the data” when the “contract (got) terminated.”
“Any form of non-availability of personal data, infringement of the rights of data subjects, and harms from processing that include inconveniencing the public, must be adequately explained to the satisfaction of the law,” Liboro said.
“We will summon the DFA and concerned agencies including the alleged contractor to determine the facts surrounding the case,” the commissioner pointed out.
The NPC assured the public that it will continue to protect the rights of Filipino data subjects.
Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros asked the DFA to explain how the private contractor ran off with vital information from its passport database.
“The recent admission that a privately contracted firm took the entire physical database of all of the country’s passport holders indicates a serious national security risk, and is evidence of the Duterte government’s gross incompetence in protecting the people’s private data,” Hontiveros said.
“The public needs to be reassured that the data will be retrieved completely and with the highest sense of urgency and priority. Apart from that, the people responsible for such a gross display of incompetence should be held fully responsible,” the senator added.