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Magkakaalaman na! National Privacy Commission to probe loss of DFA’s passport data

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The National Privacy Commission (NPC) will launch an investigation into the alleged loss of passport data by the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) former contractor for printing passports.

In a statement Sunday (January 12), NPC said it will summon the DFA, the former contractor and other concerned agencies to get details about the supposed data loss.

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

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. earlier revealed that the company which used to make Philippine passports “took all” of the applicants’ data when its contract the DFA ended.

The data loss was the reason why applicants for passport renewal were told to bring their birth certificates during the processing of documents.

Locsin said the DFA is “rebuilding our files from scratch because previous outsourced passport maker took all the data when contract (was) terminated.”

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