Laws Concern Telemarketers Union
PRIVACY LAW—HONG KONGOctober 25, 2010
The Standard reports on a telemarketer union's fears that tightened privacy protection laws will lead to more employees losing their jobs following the recent firing of 200 workers in the Octopus Cards personal data case. The government has released 37 proposals to strengthen privacy laws, the report states, including requiring user consent before personal information can be sold to direct marketers. A government official said industry and government have collaborated on the proposals, but a spokesman for the Hong Kong Telemarketer Association said consent should not be required for disseminating personal data. Meanwhile, Octopus' chairman has announced he will step down in December but says the decision is unrelated to the recent breach.