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

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2021   •   903

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)

Cyberattack on S&R compromised 22,000 data subjects – NPC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Privacy Commission (NPC) reported that some 22,000 data subjects were affected in the ransomware attack on S&R Membership Shopping.

In a statement, the NPC said it has received an initial breach notification report on November 15, 2021, 4:47 PM, from S&R Membership Shopping in relation to a cyber-attack that may have compromised its members’ contact information.

The NPC said the firm discovered the cyberattack incident on November 14, 2021.

“The company has then submitted an supplemental breach report today, November 24, 2021, confirming that the subject of the ransomware attack was the S&R membership system affecting twenty-two thousand (22,000) data subjects,” the commission said.

Citing the company’s report, the NPC said the attack compromised S&R’s personal data such as date of birth, contact number, and gender.

“Based on the S&R’s disclosure and confirmation from their data protection officer (DPO), credit cards and other financial information were not among the compromised personal data,” the agency said.

“They informed the Commission that they instituted measures to secure their system, recover compromised data, prevent further disclosure, and recurrence of similar attacks,” it added.

The company earlier said that its team has implemented cybersecurity protocols that enabled them to resume system operations. It also assured that the data affected in the attack were only confined to contact information and its members’ financial data are safe as these are protected by encryption measures as required by regulation.

The NPC reminded the S&R of its obligation to fully disclose and individually notify the affected data subject.

The commission likewise directed them to provide the technical report of the incident from the third-party cyber security firm.

NTC to telcos: Warn public against spam text messages

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has ordered telcos to send a message to its subscribers, warning them about text scams that contain dubious job offers.

In a memorandum dated November 19, the NTC directed Globe Telecoms, Smart Communications, Dito Telecommunity, and Digitel Mobile Philippines to send a text blast containing the following message:

“BABALA! Huwag maniwala sa text na diumano’y nag-aalak ng trabaho. Huwag po magbigay ng personal na impormasyon. Ito po ay isang scam.”

The NTC said telcos have until December 14 to submit their compliance report on the latest directive.

The order comes after thousands of mobile users complained of receiving text messages or e-mails offering job opportunities.

Authorities have tagged this as a scam and advised public to report this to the NTC.

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) earlier said its initial probe showed that a global organized syndicate could be behind the proliferation of text scams.

The NPC said it has summoned data protection officers of local telcos, banks, and e-commerce platforms to discuss the scam text surge.

Nat’l Privacy Commission urged to stop ‘budol’ text scams

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker on Monday urged the National Privacy Commission (NPC) to look into text scams that offer shady jobs.

In a statement, Senator Joel Villanueva asked the NPC to investigate and put a stop to text scams where cellphone numbers are barraged with job ads or offers.

Villanueva said social media has been flooded with complaints of citizens who have been bombarded with job offers or sales work that promises huge commissions.

“This is the new budol in town,” he said.

He also described these “robo texts” as a variant of fake news, “which many people can fall for.”

“In a nation where unemployment and digital disinformation are high, these kinds of messages can mislead many. Maraming kababayan po natin, lalo na ang mga naghahanap ng trabaho ang ma-si-swindle nito,” he said.

Villanueva called on the NPC to coordinate with the National Telecommunications Commission “on how this illegal and irritating intrusion into one’s privacy can be stopped.”

He likewise asked other government agencies and telecommunications firms to work together in preventing citizens from being victimized by “smishing,” a form of text message phishing, where criminals lure consumers into giving away personal or financial information.

“Nasa area pa rin po ito ng consumer protection na trabaho ng gobyerno,” he said.

He said text offers on overseas jobs violate laws in labor placement, an activity that is tightly regulated by the government to shield job seekers from being victimized by illegal recruiters.

 

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