The country's tax collection agency assured everyone on Friday that all data of taxpayers are secured and safe on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website.
Because of the recent defacing of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) website last March and the posting of the complete database of the 55 million Filipino voters, BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares that they have allotted for their security to counter and possible attacks.
“There are a lot of security in place, so [if] you want security, it will affect accessibility but we cannot sacrifice security just to allow accessibility. I think that’s the balance,” she said.
Starting 1994, the BIR had used their integrated tax system (ITS) which is a central data station that contains the bureau's daily operations for tax administration.
“There’s always network security in place. That was also the reason why last year, taxpayers had difficulty accessing our web site during e-filing. Our firewall was robust,” Henares added.
In 2013, they also launched the electronic Filing and Payment System to encourage Filipino with tax compliance and submit their tax returns more conveniently. But Henares recognized that even with tight security in place there's always a possibility of hacking and data breach that may occur in the future.
“We try to be updated. We try to be one step ahead of whoever [wants to breach our systems]. We are always faced with that that’s why you always have to be on your toes.” she quipped.