In a series of Tweets, DFA Passport renewal mess was divulged by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr.
A netizen asked the secretary on why birth certificates were required to be presented renew passports. Here is Locsin’s response.
Because previous contractor got pissed when terminated it made off with data. We did nothing about it or couldn't because we were in the wrong. It won't happen again. Passports pose national security issues and cannot be kept back by private entities. Data belongs to the state. https://t.co/8vsN96jqij— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 8, 2019
What I heard and there are so many stories in the affected department they sued us for wrongful termination. In fact it was the most respectable company, foreign, French even. So why? Kaching, Kaching, Kaching, Kaching. https://t.co/yI36pvviqw— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 12, 2019
And by the way, why was the previous contractor terminated? New technology? Then demand it to acquire the new technology but leave the job to it. Di ba? But that means no kickback. In short, people made money by changing contractor. Ano pa? Syet. https://t.co/br2xEOT4Eg— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 12, 2019
Because of this hullabaloo in the DFA Passport renewal, many are worried about data security breach.
The National Privacy Commission (NPC) stated that they will conduct an investigation by summoning DFA officials , the alleged passport contractor, and the privacy agency.