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    VP Leni: Government should take action on stolen passport data

    Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday raised strong concern over the supposed data breach that hit the Department of Foreign Affairs, after a former contractor “took all the data” of Filipino passport holders.

    VP Leni said such news was “scary,” as she joined the call to file charges against the outsourced passport maker.

    “Nakakagimbal iyon, at saka nakakatakot,” she said on her weekly radio show, BISErbisyong LENI, on RMN-DZXL 558. “[G]ustong sabihin, mayroon siyang access sa lahat na datos natin.”

    VP Leni also said she agrees with Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, an ally from the opposition, who said the government should file a case against the former service contractor, “to compel that company” to return the data.

    Earlier, Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. disclosed on Twitter that the department is “rebuilding” its files “from scratch after the previous contractor “took all the data when [its] contract [was] terminated.”

    The National Privacy Commission has said it would investigate the matter.

    Posted in Press Releases on Jan 13, 2019