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After Octopus, Commissioner Wants Stronger Law

FINANCIAL PRIVACY—HONG KONG

October 18, 2010

Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang has found that the city's leading e-payment operator, Octopus Holdings, violated data protection principles when it sold about two million customers' personal data to business partners, People's Daily reports. Chiang is now seeking stricter laws and more power to protect privacy, the report states. In light of recent cases, the Hong Kong Legislative Council has announced it will meet this Wednesday to debate a motion on improving personal data privacy protection. The measures being considered include a move to make the unlawful transfer of personal data a criminal offense.
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