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Stiff penalties for gov’t employees compromising nat’l ID data — privacy chief

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National Privacy Commission chief Raymund Liboro on Thursday gave a stern warning to the government employees who will be entrusted with the immense database of Filipinos' personal data in the implementation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act.

"Magdalawang isip ka na kung gusto mo lang kumuha ng pangalan, address at birthday, eh 'wag mo nang gawin dito sa Philippine ID system. Kung hindi, nahaharap ka sa napakalaking penalty," Liboro said an interview on Balitanghali on Thursday.

The PhilSys act, under which a national ID system will be implemented, was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday.

The law seeks to harmonize, integrate and interconnect the countless and redundant government IDs by establishing a single national identification system.

Addressing fears that sensitive information could be compromised, Liboro cited the Penal Provision under Section 19, which lists corresponding penalties for errant officials, employees or agents who have the custody or responsibility of maintaining the PhilSys.

"Kapag ang isang empleyado na kabilang dito sa sistema ng Philippine ID system, or PhilSys system, meaning ikaw ay kabilang sa nangongolekta, nagtatago nito, nag-i-i-store nito, nagpo-program nito, kapag ikaw ay gumawa ng hindi awtorisado dito sa data na ito, binibilang ko lang ang maaring penalties sa'yo. Maaring aabot ng 21 years imprisonment," he said.

Libero likewise advised the public to be vigilant and responsible with the Phil-ID, which would contain the holder's PhilSys number, full name, facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type and address.

"Malaki rin talaga ang responsibilidad ng bawat isa sa atin na mag-a-avail nito. Kasi, dito sa aming pag-aaral, marami dito sa mga nako-compromise na data ay nagmumula rin dito sa mga indibidwal," Libero said.

"Halimbawa, kung pino-post mo ang inyong ID sa Facebook o sa social media, eh maaring may makakuha ng impormasyon o mga detalyeng 'yan na maaring magamit nga sa masama," he added. — Margaret Claire Layug/BM, GMA News

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