National Privacy Commission to probe loss of data of passport applicants at DFA

(Eagle News)—The National Privacy Commission will look into the loss of data of passport applicants at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

In a statement, Commissioner Raymund Liboro said he would summon the  alleged contractor that made off with the data,  the DFA, and other pertinent agencies.

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

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the contractor made off with the information apparently irked at the DFA for terminating its contract with the agency.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Elmer Cato urged those renewing their passports to bring their birth certificates with them as a result.