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Commissioner Reminds Candidates of Election Season Rules

PRIVACY LAW—HONG KONG

August 16, 2012

Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang is reminding candidates of the 2012 Legislative Council Election that they must comply with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. In 2011, the commissioner received 119 complaints about electioneering activities, including that individuals’ data was used without their consent, and names and addresses were not concealed in mass e-mails sent to voters. Two of those cases were resolved through mediation. The commissioner reminds candidates to only collect necessary information, inform individuals of the collection’s purpose and safeguard the data against unrelated parties.
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