Lawmaker: MOJ Misread Law, Hampered Citizens’ Rights
PRIVACY LAW—TAIWANJanuary 24, 2013
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wu Yi-chen has asked the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to withdraw its instructions regarding Taiwan’s new privacy law, claiming they have misquoted the law and “prohibited people from gathering their own evidence during a police investigation,” reports The China Post. The request stems from a traffic stop in which a man used a cellphone to record the investigation process but was stopped by the officers who said it may contravene the Personal Information Protection Act. The Kaohsiung police said according to the MOJ's instructions, if a person wants to collect their own evidence, they should acquire consent from police. Wu has given the MOJ 10 days to come up with clearer instructions.