|Suva based Pacific Technologies working with India's Yalamanchili|
Why has the illegal government of Fiji allowed two companies, one of them foreign, to access the private information of citizens?
And why is an IT crew from India working secretly in the illegal attorney's office?
Pacific Technologies and Yalamanchili Software Exports Limited are currently taking the personal details of citizens including dates of birth, marriage details, dates of deaths, residential address and passport information - details usually only held confidentially by government.
Yalamanchili is based in India and according to the website of its associate company, Pacific Technologies, specializes in providing Card Based solutions (Debit, Credit, Pre-Paid Cards), Customer Delivery Channels (ATM, KIOSK, Point of Sale, Internet, Phones), E-Commerce Payment Interface Systems and Enterprise Application Integration.
Insiders say government departments were told by the offices of both the illegal prime minister and illegal attorney general to release all Fiji data and information to Pacific Technologies and Yalamanchili Software.
A team of six to eight Indian nationals have also been working in Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum's office secretly, apparently on giving him access to all government departments and important information.
There has already been a backlash. Sources say the take over of ITC has already begun and that its deputy has been reassigned to another department after objecting to what was happening. The manager, Eliki Salusalu, is however staying on because he is following the directive.
"Apparently, there have been lot of complaints against the government IT department, including the way the $20 million funds given by Chinese have been used for their so called e-gov project.
"The money was given with the condition that all projects should be given to Singaporean and Chinese recommended IT companies. But the intended work has not been completed and e-gov project is a complete failure.
"$20 million was a soft loan and has to be paid by the govt. But the IT companies have charged the Chinese directly and it is well over $20 million so far."
An IT specialist believes it is not only the bio data of every citizen that is being handed over to the two companies and Khaiyum, but the new EVR information.
"The information could be easily used for what we call in IT terms 'people profiling'. Usually, this is done in every country, but in a secret manner by intelligence agencies. Usually, too, government's keep a close tab on the process. But in Fiji's case it seems that all the info is connected to AG/PM's office where they could manipulate it all.
"The best example would be that they can trap a person who only has access to certain information. It can then be claimed the person committed a fraudulent act.
"On the other hand they can also use the information to access land titles and manipulate it in such a way to transfer ownerships etc.
"In summary, they can do anything when they set up a database with all information and then have direct access to it. This is not done in this way in any other country so why is it being done in Fiji?"