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Telecoms Investigated for Data Practices

DATA PROTECTION—HONG KONG

August 18, 2010

The Standard reports that three telecom operators are being investigated over the improper handling of customer data. Noting serious concerns, Privacy Commissioner Allan Chiang Yam-wang said a hearing is possible and that he has received 20 complaints regarding telecoms' handling of personal data over the last two years, the report states. Chiang has met with officials from the Office of the Telecommunications Authority to discuss ways the companies can improve data protection practices. The news follows last week's announcement that six retail banks sold the personal data of 600,000 credit card and savings account customers to third parties.
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