For something that is potentially invasive and, therefore, in violation of individual privacy rights, the proposed National Identification System must be thoroughly and serially vetted.
We have long held the belief that there is generally nothing to fear about a national ID system.
We said that only those who are out to undermine or destabilize duly constituted government or commit crimes against the community or society have to be afraid of the system.
In fact, the NIDS is in step with the government policy of social inclusion.
But we agree with proposals to install safety nets to ensure that it is not abused by government officials or agencies.
There is a need to create an oversight body that would monitor the implementation of the national ID system.
Rep. Sherwin Tugna, the chairman of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms said, this must be prioritized once the proposed national identification system has been approved.
“To have security from possible abuses, there must be an oversight body,” said Rep. Tugna.
But information technology expert, Jun Lozada, said that despite existing technology that allows for the protection of the private information on the national ID, security still depends on the party that would handle the system for its implementation.
“With the proper design, and implementation, the country can implement it. Usually in such circumstance will always be at 99.9 or 99,” said Lozada.
However, he admitted there are still risks.
“It’s always prone to risk. It’s always. In fact not just prone to risk. It could really be targeted,” said the expert.
Sen. Francis Escudero, on the other hand, believes these threats must not be a hindrance in the passage of the proposal.
“Maybe this remains a challenge and must be monitored by the agency. It is not a reason for us to not do this due to threats of hacking by anyone”. Escudero said.
The implementation of the ID system has passed the House committee level.
It is expected to be discussed at the plenary for the proposal’s passage at the lower house of Congress.