Using information from other govt agencies for Padu a breach of data privacy, says Dr Wee

PETALING JAYA: Using information given to other government agencies for the Central Database Hub (Padu) database without explicit permission of the owner is a breach of personal data privacy, says Datuk Dr Seri Wee Ka Siong.

"Who has given the right for those in power to use data from 217 agencies to fill up Padu (database)? "I think we all know an individual's rights. If that is my information and I choose to not share it but a third party uses certain powers to fill up (Padu data) on someone's behalf, doesn't that infringe on personal rights?" asked the MCA president after a break fast event with the media at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (April 2).

Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil had previously said that the government would use data collected from 217 government departments and agencies for certain government programs, including targeted subsidies.

Dr Wee added that the government should not be exempt from the Personal Data Protection Act.

He also said that combining both new information in Padu and existing data would complicate matters.

He also noted that cybersecurity experts had stated that Padu's application programming interface (API) was outdated, amidst other security concerns.

Dr Wee also noted that the government should have made it clear which income bracket will be eligible for subsidies and which were not.

"In simpler terms, say that the M40 and B40 groups are eligible but not the T20. This would make things easier and if I know I am not eligible then I would just not fill up (for Padu).

He also urged for politicians to view opposing views and criticism maturely.

"The way one answers, especially ministers – don't look for a fight," he said.

Dr Wee thanked the media for attending the buka puasa event.

"This is the third time the MCA publicity bureau is having a breaking fast ceremony with media practitioners. Previously, we also visited different media outlets and presented some goodies during Ramadan.

"Living in a diverse society, the muhibbah spirit is something we need to preserve and celebrate to ensure our country will continue to prosper and flourish," he said on Facebook.

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