HKTR to government: Don’t tell us you’re responsible, show us

With privacy scandals happening weekly here in Hong Kong and at a global level, the HKTR has found our government wanting. A cavalier attitude to a lack of protocols pertaining to personal data sourcing, protecting and destroying, after use, puts Hong Kongers at risk.

Hong Kong Transparency Report 2014 was featured on Habour Times:

With privacy scandals happening weekly here in Hong Kong and at a global level, the HKTR has found our government wanting. A cavalier attitude to a lack of protocols pertaining to personal data sourcing, protecting and destroying, after use, puts Hong Kongers at risk.

HKTR, a project run by Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) of HKU, released their 2014 Hong Kong Transparency Report on Friday (September 26th). The report tracks the user data collection and content removal requests that Government departments make to various online service providers. HKTR criticised the “lack of transparency in Government disclosure and the absence of an independent oversight body” which raises “a serious concern as to what is keeping the Government power in check when it is attempting to access or remove user information online.”  Very little, it seems.

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