ILOILO CITY – Atty. Jonnie Dabuco, Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights 6 (CHR6), expressed concern regarding the legal implications of the collection of people’s personal data to be used for online contact tracing application under the Uswag Tracer of the Iloilo City Government.
The Uswag Tracer was launched last November 16 as a response of the City government to combat COVID-19. However, the application shuts down two days after it was launched due to large number of residents, employees, and tourists who applied to get their Quick Response (QR) codes required to enter establishments in the city.
Some Information Technology (IT) experts are also alarmed at the possibility that the data privacy of the application users will be violated.
According to Atty. Dabuco, there are information that the application is asking that are not even needed for contact tracing such as birth date, because such information, according to him, is one of the most sensitive information especially that it is often used in bank transactions and so on.
Another problem that the CHR saw was the capacity of the people to access QR codes as not everyone has smartphones and printers.
Finally, Atty. Dabuco said that this does not mean they oppose the initiative of the LGU. They are only suggesting in order to improve the system before it will be fully implemented to the public./PT