Recently, Philippine passport holders were shocked by the news regarding a breach of data from passport holders. Fortunately, it turns out that there is no breach of data, as confirmed by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
According to the DFA, the software which contains the details of the applicants are with them and completely intact.
“All data have been retrieved when the equipment was turned over. It was all restored,” says Michael Dalumpines, of the APO Production Unit, Inc. “We can access everything,” he added.
“Our IT guys were able to do something about it that’s why the data was restored,” Dalumpines confirms.
It can be recalled that Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin said that the French contractor Oberthur Technologies, responsible for the maintenance of printing machines, ran away with the personal data of passport applicants because they pissed off due to the termination of a contract.
“This was not however true. The so-called contract of Service Level Agreement with Oberthur was not terminated but terminated or ended per Agreement and the Day Servers were turned over to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas/DFA. So what is there to breach?” says GMA News Online.
“The DFA has access to the data. There was just initially a problem on the migration of data from Oberthur to DFA/APO due to incompatibility of software,” says another source.
Oberthur Technologies is yet to issue their side of the story.