PETALING JAYA: The website of the Selangor government’s free insurance scheme was inaccessible tonight, after a minister said an investigation was being conducted into an alleged misuse of voter data to pre-register Selangor residents for the insurance scheme, known as Insan.
Several website checkers reported that the site https://programinsan.com was down.
Earlier today, communications and digital minister Fahmi Fadzil said the personal data protection department (JPDP) was conducting an investigation into complaints of misuse of personal data for the scheme, Berita Harian reported.
He was reported to have said that the department had the authority to investigate issues surrounding personal data.
“I cannot comment too much until JPDP completes their investigation,” Fahmi was quoted as saying.
There had been complaints on social media that people’s names had been automatically registered for the insurance scheme without their consent.
On Wednesday, menteri besar Amirudin Shari said the state government pre-registered Selangor residents for the Insan scheme with data it obtained from the Election Commission (EC).
When asked whether the EC’s voter data can be used for commercial purposes, Fahmi, who is the Lembah Pantai MP, told Berita Harian that to his knowledge, there are no restrictions to the use of such data.
“(But) you have to check with the EC on this. I could purchase the data when I was a regular citizen, and I bought it for political work because I was contesting in Lembah Pantai.
“However, following this personal data security issue, whether the EC will change (their policy) or consider further action, . . . well, that’s up to them.”
Insan began operations in October last year and provides insurance coverage for each Selangor resident of up to RM10,000 in the event of total permanent disability or death caused by an accident.