Radio Jamaica News Online posted an article on February 19, 2021, about the health minister declining to comment on the JamCOVID data breach. Below are some key highlights:
- Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton has declined to comment on reports his ministry knew about the JAMCOVID-19 data breach earlier than the government has reported.
- The Ministry of National Security has said the government learnt of the breach on February 16, the American online newspaper which broke the story says it notified the ministry of health on February 13.
- Dr Tufton was questioned about the matter during a media briefing on Thursday
- Dr Tufton refused to comment on whether travellers’ information had been deleted from the JAMCOVID-19 database after their quarantine period expired as the government had indicated it would be.
- Cyber Security Consultant Gavin Dennis says the data breach on the JAMCOVID-9 website will have implications for the National Identification System (NIDS). He says the data breach will reinforce a negative perception of NIDS and potentially cause persons to stay away from registration.