COMELEC data protection much improved — Liboro

MANILA-- National Privacy Commission (NPC) Chairman Raymond Liboro today updated the media on the progress made by the NPC in its monitoring of the Commission on Elections' data security management and practices, one year after the breach of the COMELEC database, in 2016.

If you ask me, the compliance of the COMELEC is malayong malayo na (much improved) from way before (the hacking) happened, Liboro said in response to a question on how secure the data in the COMELEC currently is.

Now they have a data protection officer, a privacy management program, and their own privacy impact assessment, Liboro added.

Liboro also clarified that the NPC's earlier findings on COMELEC Chairman J. Andres D. Bautista is still currently being reviewed following the filing of a Motion for Reconsideration.

Nag-file po siya ng Motion for Reconsideration, at yan po ay nirereview ng ating Komisyon (Bautista filed a Motion for Reconsideration that is currently being reviewed by our Commission).

The pendency of the motion for reconsideration, in which Bautista raised a number of arguments against the NPC's recommendation, means that no criminal charges have been filed against the elections chief.

In related news, the conduct of the 2016 National and Elections by the COMELEC has been characterized as 'competent and independent,' by the COMELEC Advisory Council in its Post-Election Report on the use of the AES in the 2016 National and Local Report. The Advisory Council is the body of experts created by the automation law to evaluate the conduct of elections and provide recommendations for its improvement.

Source: Philippines Information Agency