DFA contractor runs off with passport data

DFA contractor runs off with passport data

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has revealed that an old contractor responsible for producing Philippine passports ran off with DFA data, affecting passport renewal procedures.

Locsin made the revelation in his personal Twitter account while responding to an applicant who is having an issue renewing his passport as the DFA is requiring him to submit his birth certificate. When asked why the DFA is requiring the said document in some renewals, Locsin said that it’s because the old contractor for passport “took away” DFA data.

DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato then clarified that applicants renewing brown or green passports or maroon machine-readable passports are required to submit birth certificates because they need to capture and store the document in their databases as they no longer have the physical copy of the documents submitted when the applicants first applied.

E-Passports holders, on the other hand, don’t need to bring birth certificates.

Why run off with data?

Locsin said that the previous contractor “got pissed when terminated it made off with data.”

“We did nothing about it or couldn’t because we were in the wrong. It won’t happen again. Passports pose national security issues and cannot be kept back by private entities. Data belongs to the state,” he added.

NPC to investigate

In a report by PhilStar, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) said that they will investigate DFA’s claim about the taken data.

Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro said that they “will summon the DFA and concerned agencies including the alleged contractor to determine the facts surrounding the case.”

“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,” he said.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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2 Responses

  1. Freeje says:

    A very messed up country!

  2. kingjim says:

    this really is an embarrassment as of the technology we have today

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