Belize City, Belize
– July 12, 2010.
What should be private and confidential information for the average Belizean is actually fully exposed and under direct threat, asserts Niall Gillett, director of the locally based Information Security firm, TRIAD iQ.
“There is no top level directive in the Government of Belize,” disclosed Gillett, “to provide for the privacy or confidentiality of sensitive information for its citizens.” He continued, “this opens wide the door for the trivial handling and subsequent abuse and loss of individual data that we have seen demonstrated over the past years.”
Gillett, a former IBM security consultant and longstanding supporter of privacy rights for Belizeans, drove his point home by recalling the recent scandal involving the stolen driver’s license database from the Belize City Traffic Department, where thousands of Belizean identities were used to facilitate alleged money laundering. He also mentioned the stolen laptop belonging to the Vital Statistics Unit, which contained birth certificate information for the entire country, as well as another disturbing loss of a laptop belonging to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Gillett continued to say that “Belizeans must understand that their private information should remain exactly that – private - and know that the Government of Belize has an obligation to establish laws and procedures to ensure the sanctity of citizen data.”
In an effort to promote the public awareness of this critical issue, his company, TRIAD iQ, which specializes in Information Security Management, will be a holding a press conference on Wednesday, July 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the Coastal Zone Management Authority conference room in Belize City.
It will also hold free, public, half day classes promoting privacy awareness. (The dates and times for the classes are tbd.)Contact
Niall Gillett, CISSP
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