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Security Bureau Posts Resident Data Online

DATA LOSS—HONG KONG

August 5, 2011

The personal information of more than 3,000 spouses of mainlanders residing in Hong Kong is available online, reports The Standard. The data--including identity card numbers, addresses and dates of marriage of Hunan residents allowed to live in Hong Kong and Macau permanently--resides on lists complied by the Hunan public security bureau and is accessible on its website. Similar lists of residents in other provinces are also accessible, according to the report. While the Immigration Department has not received any complaints about the posting, the security bureau has expressed "grave concern," and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data has said it "is only empowered to handle complaints within the territory," states the report.
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