BAYAN MUNA RAISES ALARM OF FOREIGN CONTROLLED NATIONAL ID SYSTEM

As major data breach hit FOI website

BAYAN MUNA RAISES ALARM OF FOREIGN CONTROLLED NATIONAL ID SYSTEM

Bayan Muna chairman and Makabayan senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate today raised serious doubts on the National Identification System law that would roll out this September as another data breach hit a government website this time the Freedom of Information (FOI) website that released the data on IDs of those requesting information from the system.

“Ang nangyari ay naging napaka-free naman sa personal information ng mga users ng FOI site. But kidding aside this is a very serious matter because it violate one’s right to privacy,” said the Makabayan senatorial candidate.

“What is more alarming though is that the National ID system that would be implemented this September could be a data breach nightmare because it is not only violative of the people’s right to privacy but will even pose serious sovereignty and security implications to our country,” he added.

“The Data Privacy Act is not defense enough to protect users as evidenced by the numerous data breaches like the Comelec, Grab and now FOI data breaches,” said Colmenares.

Rep. Zarate meanwhile said that “aside from the fact that the National ID Act is an invasion of our people’s privacy this measure may have some very serious sovereignty and security implications since the proposed repository of all these data is the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) that entered into questionable contract with a US-based firm called Unisys,”

Rep. Zarate also raised the possibility that “having foreign companies Unisys and Price Waterhouse Coopers (who shall supervise the project) control the country’s civil registry system would permit them to collect and retrieve stockpile of information about Filipino citizens and share the same with their other clients, such as various branches of the US armed services and possibly, U.S intelligence agencies”.###

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