Global Voices Advocacy quoted Hong Kong Transparency Report's latest research findings for its story on the police's controversial arrests of online forum users during the months-long Occupy Hong Kong movement.
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.
September 28 was “International Right to Know Day”, a prescient day for Hong Kong in light of recent curbs on press freedoms. It was an occasion to raise awareness around our citizens’ right to information, and to consider how calls to extend a so-called “right to be forgotten” to Hong Kong could jeopardize the principle of freedom of expression that is enshrined in our Basic Law, and which has become a hallmark of our city.