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Commissioner Seeks Enforcement Powers

PRIVACY LAW—HONG KONG

April 6, 2012

Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang Yam-wang is seeking additional enforcement power to curb tabloid snooping, The Standard reports. Chiang said, "Once the privacy infringements are confirmed, we hope to have the authority to compensate victims and to fine infringers." Chiang believes the commission should have authority to help victims file civil actions, adding, "We have been fighting for this for the past two to three years, but we have not yet succeeded." Meanwhile, the commissioner's office has served two Hong Kong tabloids with enforcement notices for acquiring and publishing "compromising" photos of celebrities.
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