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PCPD Reports Violations in Loyalty-Card Programs

DATA PROTECTION—HONG KONG

October 11, 2012

Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang has released investigation reports saying three companies violated customers’ privacy by collecting their Hong Kong Identity Card or passport numbers for a loyalty program, reports The Standard. The numbers were collected in order to create default passwords for the programs’ online services and, according to Chiang’s report, the practice amounts to unnecessary and excessive collection. Citing increased public awareness due to the “Octopus incident,” Chiang said, “I expect that corporations in Hong Kong should have learnt a lesson and paid more attention to data privacy regulations.”
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