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Phantom Rela registrations show need for more safeguards, say data privacy and cybersecurity experts

Phantom Rela registrations show need for more safeguards, say data privacy and cybersecurity experts | Malay Mail

Malay Mail | 2021-06-19 23:16

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 — Government agencies must enhance their verification processes to prevent possible abuse, such as the unsolicited registration of Malaysians by the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela), personal data protection advocates and cybersecurity experts said.One method is to employ eKYC (Electronic Know You Customers) solutions in which government departments and agencies would require users to submit documentary proof of identification, said Cybersecurity company LGMS director Fong Choong Fook.”Nowadays, organisations should not just accept simple personal info, they need to ask for additional proof, for example latest pictures, utility bills, etc. to further ascertain the identity of the applicant,” he told Malay Mail when contacted.Some Malaysians made the news recently when they discovered they were listed as Rela members without their prior knowledge or consent.…

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