Malacañang ensures no redactions of pertinent information on SALN of Cabinet officials

admin   •   September 27, 2017   •   5905

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MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang did not deny that its records office made redactions or placed black markings on some of the information stated in the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Networth (SALN) of the Cabinet members of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) questioned the matter recently.

PCIJ said it was an intensive redaction of pertinent information on the SALN submitted by the former and present Cabinet members as of December 31, 2016.

According to PCIJ report, from the 29 SALNs it investigated, 167 information was redacted, 28 SALNs gave concealed personal properties, 24 have redactions on the exact location of properties, while 23 SALNs did not show the cost of real properties.

Malacañang promised it will not redact pertinent information on the SALN aside from sensitive and personal information.

“And we learned also that four out of the six SALN repository agencies do redact the names of the unmarried minor children and the home address, then those will be redacted upon request.so the acquisition cost and the total net worth, the total assets, and the total liabilities will be disclosed,” said Presidential Communications Office Asec. Kris Ablan.

The National Privacy Commission pointed out that it is the right of the public to know the cost of the properties of public officials in accordance with transparency and important information must not conceal.

“The SALN law, for instance, what are the required fields? Real property, assets, liabilities, and net worth. Even if you look at these through the data privacy act, these are not sensitive personal information, therefore there is no restriction, hindrance, there’s no need to redact this information because they are information that is covered by the law,” said National Privacy Commission Deputy Commissioner Ivy Patdu.

The Palace has mentioned before that it has made redactions to protect the right to privacy of the government officials. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

Villar, Pacquiao among billionaire senators in 2020

Marje Pelayo   •   September 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Cynthia Villar remains the richest senator based on the 2020 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

Based on the SALN released by the Senate of the Philippines, Villar has a net worth of P3.87 billion followed by boxing Senator Manny Pacquiao who has a net worth of P3.18 billion.

Meanwhile, detained Senator Leila de Lima ranked the poorest among senators with a net worth of P9.54 million.

The release of SALNs has been a practice to inform the public of the assets of government officials for transparency.

Though recently, Malacañang has been arguing against it saying President Rodrigo Duterte may opt not to release his SALN and leave the matter to the Office of the Ombudsman.

List of richest, poorest senators based on 2020 SALN:

Cynthia Villa P3,875,696,435
Manny Pacquiao – P3,187,092,600
Ralph Recto – P581,071,657
Juan Miguel Zubiri – P220,736,702
Ramon Revilla – P179,958,909
Juan Edgardo Angara – P150,898,358
Franklin Drilon – P106,862,853
Grace Poe – P101,327,620
Sherwin Gatchalian – 91,213,596
Vicente Sotto III – P85,643,477
Pia Cayetano – P84,891,678
Richard Gordon – P77,569,572
Manuel Lapid – P74,948,572
Francis Tolentino – P59,582,000
Nancy Binay – P59,770,251
Panfilo Lacson – P58,330,268
Aquilino Pimentel III – P37,203,400
Imee Marcos – P36,270,467
Ronald Dela Rosa – P34,383,136
Joel Villanueva – P33,029,725
Francis Pangilinan – P23,941,333
Christopher Lawrence Go – P22,274,508
Risa Hontiveros – P16,720, 359
Leila De Lima – P9,544,111

Publiko, binalaan sa paggamit ng face swap app dahil sa banta sa personal data

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Kinagigiliwan ngayon sa social media ang paggamit ng face swap application kung saan maaaring palitan ang mukha ng isang taong nasa video na nagsasayaw, kumakanta o umaarte.

Pero babala ng National Privacy Commission (NPC), dapat mag-ingat ang publiko sa paggamit sa ganitong uri ng mobile application dahil sa posibleng banta nito sa personal na impormasyon ng isang tao.

Ayon kay Jonathan Ragsag, Data Security and Technology Standards ng NPC,  ang mga ganitong uri ng application ay maaaring maging banta sa privacy ng isang tao dahil kumukuha ito ng personal na impormasyon ng gumagamit ng app.

Ilan sa mga mga halimbawa nito ay ang paghingi ng access ng application para magamit ang contact, camera, microphone, storage at iba pang features ng cellphone na naglalaman ng personal na datos ng gumagamit nito.

Nakababahala rin aniya ang paghingi ng permiso ng isang application para makuha ang personal information ng isang user ngunit hindi malinaw kung saang database napupunta ang mga litrato at video na ina-upload dito.

“Ito yung mga danger, pupwedeng maibenta yung ating mga data sa ibang mga organisasyon o sa ibang mga kumpanya, mga third party. So ano pwedeng mangyari kapag naibenta yan? Pwedeng makarating sa bangko yang data mo, pupwedeng magkaroon ka ng loan na hindi no inaasahan,” ani Ragsag.

Bukod pa rito may mga nauna na rin ulat ang ilang Information Technology (IT) professionals na sa pamamagitan ng ganitong klase ng mga application ay maaari umanong magamit ang mukha ng isang user sa ibang mga video na may malalaswang content.

Kapag napatunayan naman na ang isang application ay nagiging abusado at mapagsamantala sa paggamit ng impormasyon ng isang indibidwal maaari itong paimbestigahan ng NPC para ipa-take down.

Pero aminado ang ahensiya na wala itong direktang control sa server ng mga face swap application na kadalasang nasa ibang bansa.

Kaya naman mahirap nang habulin pa ang data ng isang indibidwal kapag nagamit na ito sa maanomalyang transaksyon.

Nauna nang naghain ng panukalang batas si Muntinlupa City Congressman Ruffy Biazon na naglalayong ma-regulate ang paggamit ng facial recognition apps at masawata ang paglaganap ng deep fake technology na pinangangambahang magamit sa identity theft.

Pero dahil hindi pa ganap na batas, wala pang matibay na regulasyon sa Pilipinas ang mga ganitong klase ng digital application.

Kaya ang payo ng NPC sa publiko, huwag basta-basta gagamit ng face swap app na maaaring maglagay sa privacy ng isang tao sa peligro.

“Halimbawa yung mga photos natin, binago natin nakipag-face swap tayo eh, ipinalit natin yung mulha natin sa katawan ng ibang tao… Ang importante huwag nating basta isave yung mga larawan natin or photos duon sa app, if possible,” ani Ragsag. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent JP Nuñez)

Google removes 4 online lending apps due to serious privacy risks

Robie de Guzman   •   September 1, 2021

Google Play Store has removed four online lending apps (OLA), namely, JuanHand, Pesopop, CashJeep, and Lemon Loan, due to the serious privacy risks they pose to individuals who download the apps, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) said Wednesday.

In a statement, the NPC welcomed Google’s action and urged other online lending apps to use lawful and reasonable methods when processing data of loan applicants.

“For other OLAs, the NPC strongly urges you to employ know-your-customer (KYC) and debt collection practices that are aligned with NPC Circular No. 20-01, where we laid out guidelines on the processing of personal data for loan-related transactions,” NPC Commissioner Raymund Liboro said.

This development comes after the NPC said it coordinated with Google LLC and the National Telecommunications Commission to take down the said apps.

The NPC earlier directed the said apps to stop the processing of their borrowers’ personal data following complaints from some of its users.

“JuanHand, Lemon Loan, CashJeep, and Pesopop’s processing of their borrowers’ information such as contacts, location, photos, media files, email, and social media data, pose serious privacy concerns that expose borrowers to privacy risks and harms,” the agency said.

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