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Gov’t printer denies breach, says passport data intact, accessible

There was no breach of data of Philippine passport holders, according to an executive of a government printer and Department of Foreign Affairs insiders, saying the software containing details of applicants are intact and still with the DFA.

"All data have been retrieved when the equipment was turned over. It was all restored," Michael Dalumpines, chairman of APO Production Unit, Inc., the current printer of Philippine electronic passports, told a group of reporters in an interview. "We can access everything."

"Our IT guys were able to do something about it that's why the data was restored," Dalumpines said.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr. claimed that French contractor Oberthur Technologies, which used to provide maintenance of printing machines, ran off with the personal data because it was pissed off as the contract was terminated.

"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?" one of the sources told GMA News Online in an interview.

"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 softwares," another source said.

The sources asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

GMA News Online has yet to receive comments from Oberthur Technologies. —NB, GMA News