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Confidential Data Found in Boxes Near Recycling Firm

DATA LOSS—HONG KONG

September 4, 2012

The Privacy Commission is investigating the disposal of confidential documents found in boxes near a recycling firm’s offices, The Standard reports. More than 80 boxes were found containing details on hospital patients, application forms for a TV service and receipts from a clothing chain including credit card and mobile phone numbers, the report states. A hospital and a retailer associated with the discarded documents said they had hired the recycling firm to shred the data. The Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance requires “all practicable steps” be taken to protect personal information on individuals.
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