PASSPORT, IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP AGENCY DISMISSES DATA PROTECTION BREACH ALLEGATIONS

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The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency PICA, says it has not violated any data protection regulation and maintains the highest information security standards.

The clarification follows concerns raised by the People’s National Party that Minister Daryl Vaz recently disclosed information from PICA relating to Opposition Leader Mark Golding.

Mr Vaz has denied getting information from the Agency.

In a statement yesterday, PICA said the concerns raised, lack merit and no breach of its internal systems occurred.

It said safeguarding the confidentiality and integrity of personal data is paramount.

According to PICA, its procedures strictly adhere to standards, ensuring individuals’ privacy and preserving sensitive information integrity.

PICA said it is fully committed to upholding the highest ethical standards when handling personal data.

The Agency said it is bound by local and international regulations for security and identities, as such, it continues to review
and enhance its security measures to address emerging threats and technological advancement.

PICA added that its dedicated team undergoes regular training to stay updated on evolving security threats and best
practices.

It said this reinforces the Agency’s commitment to maintaining the trust placed in it by the Jamaican
people.