The National Privacy Commission (NPC) said Saturday that it would investigate the loss of passport information in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DFA) after the disclosure by Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. that the previous passport holder of the government "left with the data" "After the contract was terminated.
In a statement, NPC Commissioner Raymund Liboro said that the agency would contact the DFA, other relevant authorities and the previous contractor, so that it could determine the facts of the case.
Need for explanation
"The [NPC] conducts his own research on the [DFA’s] the claim that a private contractor has caused the non-availability of Filipino passport data and other documents entrusted to it for processing, "Liboro said.
"Any form of non-availability of personal data, violation of the rights of data subjects and damage caused by processing that hinders the public must be declared to the satisfaction of the law," he added.
Because all data in the passport applications can no longer be found in the DFA database, people who renew their travel documents now have to present their birth certificates.
Locsin said Saturday that restoring the standard in the application process of the passport is now a priority of the DFA.
"I just want to have it repaired and not repeat it Redundancy of data was promised by [the] previous contractor but not fulfilled or simply refused us. We do not have any knowledge if it has been corrected. As a cuckolded man we are always the last to know, "Locsin said on his Twitter account.
He did not mention the passport holder whose services the government had reportedly ceased after allegations of corruption had appeared in the agreement.
"Why was the previous contractor terminated? [Was it because of] new technology? Then ask for the new technology to be acquired, but leave it to work … but that does not mean a kickback. In short, people made money by changing the contractor, "said Locsin.
In another Twitter post, Locsin said that the DFA had not made any accusations against the private contractor "because we were wrong" and the company was "pissed off".
Sen. Risa Hontiveros said that the former passport contractor's action constituted a serious national security risk, adding that government officials who have allowed this to happen should be held accountable.
"The recent recognition that a privately contracted firm has taken the complete physical database of all passport holders of the country indicates a serious national security risk and is proof of the gross incompetence of the government of the Danish government to protect the private data of people "she said in a statement. .
Gov & # 39; t property
Minority leader Franklin Drilon said that the former contractor should be obliged to return the data it had, or that he would face charges if he refused to do so. "That's government property, this public record, they do not have the right to hold it," Drilon said about DWIZ.
In the same radio interview, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that the loss of data from the passport applicants was annoying, but not something to worry about because he believed we could find it. -REPORTS OF ROY STEPHEN C. CANIVEL, JEROME ANING AND LEILA B. SALAVERRIA
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