08 Aug 2013 Tax collector wraps requests in secrecy
The Inland Revenue Department has refused to disclose details of its 13 requests to ISP’s for user data, citing the secrecy provisions of the Business Ordinance and the Inland Revenue Ordinance.
The Department says that it could not reveal the details of the information requested, including whether the requests were acceded to, and whether the requests were made under court orders.
Of the 10 government departments included in the government’s release of data, only seven responded to HKTR’s request for further information. Among the seven, IRD is the only department that has refused to give details of its requests.