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Octopus Outcry Continues

RFID—HONG KONG

July 2, 2010

Privacy concerns over the Octopus Card continue to grow, China Daily reports. With more than 20 million cards in use--and some tied to banking accounts--Central and Western District Councilor Dominic Chan said the company's disclosure statements are too vague, citing its policy that cardholders' personal data could be used for the "marketing of goods and/or services" as well as "other purposes." A recent survey of more than 1,000 people indicated that less than 10 percent had been aware of the card's personal data policy, but about 80 percent considered it unacceptable that their transactions could expose them to direct marketing, the report states. Privacy Commissioner Roderick Woo Bun has said previously that his office will look into the card system.
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