Palace: Pass­port data breach should not bur­den ap­pli­cants

The Freeman - - NATION -

MANILA — Those seek­ing to re­new their pass­ports should not be bur­dened by hav­ing to sub­mit orig­i­nal copies of their birth cer­tifi­cates, Malacañang said Mon­day.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo noted that do­ing so means hav­ing to trans­act with the Philip­pine Sta­tis­tics Au­thor­ity, which would be an ad­di­tional step in the re­newal process.

This is in re­sponse to the pass­port data breach in the De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs, which Sec­re­tary Teodoro Loc­sin Jr. dis­closed on his Twit­ter ac­count last week.

Loc­sin ear­lier claimed that a con­trac­tor ran off with per­sonal data of pass­port hold­ers.

"The sub­mis­sion of the old or cur­rent pass­port which the ap­pli­cant seeks to re­new should suf­fice for the pur­pose," Panelo said in a state­ment.

Malacañang suggested that there should also be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the process of print­ing pass­ports to de­ter­mine if there are vi­o­la­tions of laws that may be detri­men­tal to the pub­lic.

"The on­go­ing prac­tice is not only cum­ber­some to ev­ery­one af­fected but is a form of red tape which this ad­min­is­tra­tion frowns upon and will not tol­er­ate," the Malacañang spokesman said.

Panelo stressed that the gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers the re­ported pass­port data breach a se­ri­ous and grave mat­ter.

The Na­tional Pri­vacy Com­mis­sion has been di­rected to in­ves­ti­gate pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tions of Repub­lic Act 10173 or the Data Pri­vacy Act of 2012.

Pri­vacy com­mis­sioner Ray­mund Li­boro said the NPC would soon sum­mon DFA of­fi­cials, other con­cerned agen­cies and the un­named con­trac­tor to in­ves­ti­gate the data breach.

“Any form of non-avail­abil­ity of per­sonal data, in­fringe­ment of the rights of data sub­jects and harm from pro­cess­ing that in­cludes in­con­ve­nienc­ing the pub­lic, must be ad­e­quately ex­plained to the sat­is­fac­tion of the law,” Li­boro said. —

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.