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Commissioner Rules Fitness Center Collected Excessive Data

DATA PROTECTION—HONG KONG

December 5, 2013

California Fitness has been fined by Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang for breaching privacy law, the South China Morning Post reports. Following an investigation, Chiang’s office found the fitness chain put 220,000 customers’ personal details at risk by asking them to provide too much personal information and by storing copies of their identity cards. A data leak could have led to identity theft, Chiang said. “It is irresponsible for organizations to collect (detailed personal) data for identification and authentication purposes without seriously assessing the risk … of using alternative and less privacy-intrusive means.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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