July 12, 2021 | 3:06 PM GMT+0800 Last Edit: July 12, 2021
Beware of a website that requires voters to give their full name, complete address, and mobile phone number so they can take part in a survey supposedly aimed at gauging the public pulse in the runup to the 2022 national elections.
The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has issued a cease-and-desist order (CDO) to the website Pilipinas2022.ph for multiple violations of the Data Privacy Act.
In addition, the NPC has enjoined the National Telecommunications Commission to take down the website.
The NPC issued the order after the Complaints and Investigation Division (CID) scrutinized on its own accord Pilipinas2022.ph amid concerns that the website’s continued operations would expose to harm voters who were enticed to participate in the survey.
Privacy Commissioner Raymund E. Liboro, and Deputy Privacy Commissioners John Henry D. Naga and Leandro Angelo Y. Aguirre signed the order based on the CID findings that:
Not only are data subjects misinformed about the true purpose and further processing of their personal information, but they are also left in the dark as to who will be held accountable in case their personal information is used for unlawful purposes.
Deputy Privacy Commissioner Naga, who penned the order, said the NPC would not tolerate the act of misinforming data subjects, especially voters, on how and why their personal information was being collected.
“We also call on voters to be more vigilant and cautious in joining initiatives or campaigns that collect their personal data with questionable intentions,” Naga added.
The NPC directed PiliPinas2022.ph to file a comment within 10 days from receipt of the order, and to stop processing personal data on its database until the Commission issues a decision on the submission of the comment.
The NPC sent the CDO to the email address of PiliPinas2022.ph whose owners and operators have remained unidentified.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) earlier said that PiliPinas2022.ph was not affiliated with the election body. The Comelec reminded the public to think twice before clicking “online survey” websites created and managed by unknown entities as these may pose security risks.
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