The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Thursday said it has summoned the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), and its third-party provider to discuss the alleged hacking and data breach involving the poll body’s servers.
In a statement, the NPC said representatives from the COMELEC attended the clarificatory meeting held on January 25.
The commission said the poll body continued to deny that the database of overseas voters was compromised and clarified that a list of overseas voters is made publicly available on their website as mandated by law.
When asked to confirm if some of the artifacts came from their servers, COMELEC reiterated that it cannot be so since those were not yet generated for the 2022 elections, the NPC said.
On the topic of their full incident report, the privacy commission said COMELEC sought for extension of time to submit the approved report.
The NPC said it has directed the poll body to submit the full incident report on or before January 27, 2022. It is also ordered to submit additional documents discussed during the clarificatory meeting.
The privacy body said it also summoned a third-party provider of COMELEC “possibly involved in the issue” to appear in a clarificatory hearing.
The NPC did not identify the name of the provider.
“The commission is also pursuing leads regarding this issue, including a group of hackers claiming responsibility for the hack, especially on matters involving personal data,” it said.
“Rest assured we are continuing the investigation to determine if personal data was compromised, violations of the Data Privacy Act were committed, and the responsible individual or group for this incident,” said Privacy Commissioner John Henry Naga.
In a separate clarificatory meeting, the NPC said that Art Samaniego, Jr. and Manila Bulletin confirmed that the artifacts gathered by the agency are the same artifacts that were the basis of their published report.
“NPC required Mr. Samaniego and Manila Bulletin to provide additional artifacts for analysis and comparison with the artifacts collected by NPC’s complaints and investigation division,” it said.
“The artifacts were submitted to the Commission yesterday, January 26,” it added.
The separate meetings were attended by Executive Director Bartolome Sinoruz, Jr. Director James Jimenez, and Director Jeanni Flororita from COMELEC, and Mr. Herminio Coloma Jr., General Reynaldo Rafal, and Art Samaniego Jr. from the Manila Bulletin