21 Feb Privacy body probes new Comelec data breach
MANILA, Philippines – The National Privacy Commission (NPC) yesterday took the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to task and ordered it to take serious measures to address its data vulnerabilities after a desktop computer containing voters’ data was physically stolen in Wao, Lanao del Sur last Jan. 11.
It was the poll body’s second large-scale data breach in less than a year, Privacy Commission head Raymund Liboro disclosed yesterday.
Fearing more data leakages amid ongoing voters’ registration nationwide, Liboro said the NPC would probe the Comelec’s data system further.
In March last year, young information technology graduates reportedly hacked into the Comelec’s official website and defaced it, leading to the leaking of confidential voters’ information on the internet a little later.
“Anybody would like to think that after the massive breach that occurred (last year), the overall security posture of the poll body in processing the national database has been heightened,” Liboro told The STAR.
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