DOJ looking into other effects of Comelec data leak

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking into possible scenarios that may arise following the data leak from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), exposing personal information of over 55 million voters.

Acting Justice Sec. Emmanuel Caparas on Tuesday (April 26) said the DOJ, Comelec, and other security agencies had a multi-agency meeting to discuss the extent of the compromised data and how to protect the public from its illegal use.

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Caparas added some international agencies have offered to assist the government in order to avoid a repeat of the incident since cybercrime is a world phenomenon.

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The country's security agencies have yet to find out if the leaked information have been shared to those outside the Philippines.

"Every time we have theft of this magnitude, it is a matter of serious concern and there could be dire consequences," said Caparas.

"We want to make sure that anything else that might result from this is kept at a minimum."

Caparas warned the public that using of leaked personal information for illegal activities is a criminal act.

He maintained the data leak will not affect the upcoming elections.