File a case against COMELEC for Data Breach
On March 27, 2016, a group of hackers defaced the ComElec (Commission on Elections) website and downloaded sensitive and personally identifiable information and posted it online. The data consists of passport information of OFW voters, personal information of voters, and fingerprint data.
It's evident. It's a no-brainer. ComElec was at fault. Data-breach should not be shrugged off and be swept under the rug, most especially now, where data is a crucial resource for any person, or even sovereignty. With this, we would like the Supreme Court of the Philippines to conduct an investigation and file cases against the ComElec officials responsible for managing and safeguarding the data that the FIlipino people entrusted to this office. This was a clear violation of rights to Data Privacy of the Filipino people. (Refer to Data Privacy Act)
Why should you care?
Because it's not only your data out there, it's the data of at least 55 million people, accessible online. Passport numbers, date of birth, addresses, e-mail addresses, full names and even fingerprint data. (vague but can possibly be reversed-engineered)
We, the Filipino people, will not let this pass.
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- Ombudsman of the Philippines
Conchita Carpio Morales
In behalf of the Filipino people, who are neglected of our rights to safekeeping of our personal information, we would like you to conduct a full and in-depth investigation with the recent data breach of Commission on Elections database. Personal information of Filipinos from all walks of life are at stake here, and this petition is a show of interest that we do not condone the downplaying of the data breach and that we do not like our personal information to be out there in the open. We would also like for a data auditing of the other government offices that keeps personal information of citizens.
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