Nat'l Privacy Commission probes Comelec hacking


MANILA - The National Privacy Commission has started its investigation into the recent hacking of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after receiving an initial report from the poll body Friday.

Under the Data Privacy Act, the National Privacy Commission has to be notified about the hacking. The body is tasked to monitor government agencies and private organizations handling sensitive data.

The commission is also responsible for ensuring that these groups follow guidelines in protecting their online databases.

National Privacy Commissioner Mon Liboro said computer hackers can now be penalized for violating Republic Act 10173 or the Data Privacy Act.

Liboro said violators may face a penalty of P500,000 up to P4 million and 6 years in jail.

Liboro admitted the hacking of the Comelec website presents a big challenge for the commission, which was formed only last March 8, 2016.

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On March 27, the Comelec website was defaced and its database containing personal identifiable information of 55 million voters hacked by the groups Anonymous Philippines and LulzSec Pilipinas, respectively.

The whole database was posted online by LulzSec Pilipinas and made available for downloading to the public.