COMELEC Posts Voter Info Online, Invades Privacy

I agree with Markku Seguerra. This is too important to pass up:

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has just committed a complete privacy blunder. Remember how people used to complain about voter registration and their precinct assignments and all that? They devised a not-so-brilliant solution: prepare a list of registered voters and post it online. Complete names, birthdates, and addresses included.

You can browse a partial list of voters in the Metro Manila area here. Each link opens a PDF file. I know it won’t help to spread the link around through blogging, but I trust you guys won’t take advantage of the information contained in it. Link removed. (Oddly enough, I’m not on the list, even if I had registered last December.)

I wouldn’t mind the COMELEC website getting a Denial of Service (DoS) or some other attack just so that page goes down.

Update (03/16/07 10:42 PM): It seems there’s another fork in the road on this issue. The voter list was also posted on the website, a joined effort between San Miguel Corporation and the election body “in pursuit of transparency to the end that the stakeholders in our election will trust the COMELEC more.” (Via Red Kinoko)

Update (03/18/07 10:03 AM): ISAW (Internet Security and Warfare) wrote about the issue after I linked to them: “A turkish hacker volunteered to lead the attack on ;)”

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  3. please remove the link to the actual database ASAP, to stop it from reaching even more, and possibly malicious, users

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  6. Actually, it just magnified an existing problem. Why? Because if anybody asks for the list of voters (i.e. politicians, parties, etc.) the COMELEC can’t deny them the list. Voter’s name, address, and other personal info that you provided because they’re considered public property. Even the list of election officers, etc. That’s how things are at ehe COMELEC. Even a director at COMELEC thinks that the country is better off without the Comission.

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  8. hello the way pow naka registered ako sa Sk sa barangay namin..ask ko lang pow kung same lang ba yan? o mag reregistered po ako ulit para sa darating na election eh maka boto na ako?… im 21 na po ..


  9. sayang, do ko naabutan ang voters list, kasi matagal ko nang hinahanap ang college sweetheart ko, is there any other way i can locate her thru internet?

  10. i just wanna ask, if there’s still have final registration in comelec particularly in tagum,Davao del norte. where and when it will be happen? what are the requirements?

  11. gusto ko po malaman kung meron din po bang online rhistro sa mga taga davao,kasi tulad ko mahirap umalis walang magbabantay sa anak ko.tagal ang pila at anak ko wala maiiwanan.gusto o po talaga sanang bumoto.salamat