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Commissioner Under Fire for PR Spending

PRIVACY—HONG KONG

December 15, 2010

Privacy Commissioner Allan Chiang Yam-wang is facing criticism for spending up to HK$250,000 to hire a public relations firm, the South China Morning Post reports. "This is totally unnecessary and a waste of money," said the vice-chairwoman of the Democratic Party. Chiang said he commissioned the firm's services "to provide strategic input and execution support for the exercise (of the consultation of privacy law), from November 1 to December 31, 2010. The firm has been contacting lawmakers and rights groups on behalf of the commissioner's office to arrange meetings to review the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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