Philippines’ NPC provides more insight into COMELEC breach ruling

Philippines’ National Privacy Commission (NPC) recently provided greater insight into its decision that the Commission on Elections‘ (COMELEC) be held liable for a massive breach of its voter database last March, according to a report by The Manila Times. The database breach resulted in the leak of millions of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. The NPC recently ruled that the COMELEC should be held liable for the database breach with COMELEC chairman J. Andres D.

Philippines’ Comelec looking to purchase biometrics-based voter registration machines

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) has allocated approximately P10 million (US$201,000) to voter registration machines (VRMs) and peripherals in anticipation of more voters registering for the upcoming polls, according to a report by The bids and awards committee (BAC) posted an invitation to bid on the Comelec website, specifying that the allocation is intended for the continuing registration of voters. The Commission is looking to purchase 130 units of the VRMs, which include desktop computers, uninterruptible power supply

Biometrics insight service, four-finger smartphone solution, facial recognition platforms top this week’s news

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. In one of the top stories of the week, Goode Intelligence launched its new subscription-based Biometrics Insight Service which gives organizations access to current and scheduled biometrics market analyst and market intelligence reports, as well as priority access to Goode Intelligence analysts. In an announcement involving biometrics in border control, Daon has delivered automated passport control (APC) kiosks to Dublin Airport in support

Philippines’ Comelec ends biometrics registration for voters

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) denied requests for postponing the deadline for voter registration, thus ending the 17-month registration period on October 31 for the 2016 general elections, according to The Philippine Star. Last week, Ang Kabataan party-list group called on the Philippines’ Supreme Court to urge the Commission on Elections to extend the registration period to January 8, citing technical difficulties of the biometrics registration technology. “No extension. We gave the people a year and a half to

Philippines’ Supreme Court urged to extend biometric voter registration period

A group of students have called on the Philippines’ Supreme Court to urge the Commission on Elections to postpone the October 31 voter registration deadline for the 2016 general elections, citing technical difficulties of the biometrics registration technology, according to a report by The Standard. The students, led by Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon, sent a 24-page urgent petition to the Supreme Court requesting that they issue a mandatory injunction ordering the Comelec to postpone the deadline until January 8,

Philippines calls on celebrities to promote biometric enrollment for upcoming election

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) has called on celebrities to encourage their fans on social media to register their biometrics data so that they will be able to vote in the 2016 presidential elections, according to a report by With just five months left for citizens to enroll their biometrics information with the poll agency, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez posted on Twitter to get celebrities to create awareness for voter registration. “Dear celebrities on Twitter: Many of your

Philippines government to lease biometric voter verification system for 2016 election

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced it will lease a biometric voter verification (VVS) system for its upcoming 2016 national elections, according to a report by Rappler. The Comelec bids and awards committee (BAC) said it will lease a total of 23,000 VVS units for a fee of P90,000 (USD $ 2,028) each. In addition, the BAC said it will hire 4,135 technical support workers to facilitate the technology, for a total approved budget of P727.215 million ($16.5 million).

Philippines makes biometric voter enrollment mandatory

Philippine officials have announced that biometric voter enrollment will be mandatory in order to vote in the upcoming 2016 elections. Officials are encouraging citizens who are 18 years old and above to register at Commission on Elections (COMELEC) offices throughout the country.  According to COMELEC, registrants must bring identification cards issued by either the government, schools or employers to prove their identity. Those who do not have IDs can still be registered by providing an affidavit swearing their identity. COMELEC local

Comelec switches to ten-print scanners ahead of 2016 elections, 5M voters still without biometric data

Five million voters in the Philippines still do not have registered biometric data, according to the country’s Commission on Elections. Reported in Solar News, Comelec is making a change to its biometric system to full ten-print scanners, rather than single finger impressions. This has caused a delay in registering biometrics, but Comelec says registration and validation will continue in May. Reported previously in, the 2016 election in the Philippines is an important one and as many as 52 million

Oberthur provides 8 million ePassports and end-to-end system in the Philippines

Oberthur Technologies has announced that it has now provided over 8 million ePassports to the Philippines, as well as a dedicated end-to-end system. According to the company, it has been providing the Philippine Government with a secure system to the Department of Foreign Affairs, and also the electronic covers for the national passport. “As a system integrator, Oberthur Technologies is very proud to have provided over 8 million electronic passports to the Philippines, along with a full end-to-end system,” Olivier Prestel,