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Confidentiality alarm... Gov’t website allowing easy access to your credit data

Published:Thursday | February 12, 2015 | 5:52 PM
A screen shot of the website of the National Security Interests in Personal Property Registry
Ramlogan... "That is how the registry is set up,"

Damion Mitchell, Editor – Radio & Online

There is concern this afternoon that people’s credit information can be accessed by just about anyone through a website administered by the Companies of Jamaica.

The Gleaner Online was alerted to the confidentiality concern by a caller to the newsroom this afternoon.

Independent checks by Gleaner reporters revealed there were no so special security requirements to access their credit data.

In addition to individual’s credit data, their addresses may also be carried.

The website was created following the passage of the Securities Interest in Personal Property (SIPP) Act.

SIPP was created to allow the use of non-traditional assets such as crops as collateral to secure loans.

Contacted this afternoon to respond to the concern, Judith Ramlogan, the CEO of the Registrar of Companies said the ability to access people’s credit data was not unusual.

"That is how the registry is set up," she said.

"That is how they it is done overseas."

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