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ICT official says protocol in handling sensitive info must be revisited

MANILA – An official of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to revisit its rules in handling sensitive information.

DICT Assistant Secretary Allan Cabanlong told ANC the DFA must make sure third-party groups are compliant with specific government standards before they are entrusted with sensitive information.

He added the DFA should make sure this will not happen again.

“Entrusting the data to any companies, in my opinion, is okay as long as there is clear service level agreement to be followed, for example, is the data handled by a third party, then at least there is one personnel from the agency that would also know what the contractor is doing,” he said.

The DICT is working closely with Foreign Affairs officials to get to the bottom of what he calls a data hijack.