Data at express rail terminus falls under HK law, Michael Tien says

Local | 12 Sep 2018 11:17 am

The chairman of Legco's Railways Subcommittee, Michael Tien, said today that data of those accessing WiFi at the West Kowloon rail terminus are protected as per the Hong Kong laws and will not be handed over to the mainland authority.

Tien said the MTR Corporation has done a poor job of presenting the whole picture over data privacy at its new express rail terminal.

Concerns have been raised over a disclaimer from Guangzhou-based Comba Telecom, which provides the service at the West Kowloon station, that it can share users' information with local and mainland authorities.

Roundtable lawmaker Tien said there is a misunderstanding of what is considered to be a mainland area. He said when you are on the south of the Shenzhen river, the WiFi will be handled by a Hong Kong provider and protected under Hong Kong law.

He said this applicable to all the trains run by MTR. Trains run by the mainland railway operators do not offer free WiFi, Tien said.

The lawmaker said he hopes the government will explain this situation to the public soon.

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