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Minister orders shut down of gov't website search function following privacy alarm

Published:Friday | February 13, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Government has ordered that the search engine of the National Security Interests Registry be shut down with immediate effect.

Anthony Hylton, the minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, told The Gleaner Online that he has given instructions for the search engine to be shutdown temporarily to "to reflect to see have we done enough to make sure there are any safeguard elements that can be put in place".

The minister's reaction follows public outcry that private information can be accessed from the website which lists securities.

He said the move is precautionary, even as he stressed that the Securities Interest in Personal Property (SIPP) law, which gave rise to the registry will mean a fundamental change in the way in which access to credit is dealt with.

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