Thursday, October 8, 2015   

Police, HA criticized for losing personal data
(10-24 15:59)

The Privacy Commissioner has served enforcement notices on the police force and the Hospital Authority for breaching personal data laws.
The commissioner found that both bodies had failed to take "all reasonably practicable" steps to keep sensitive information safe from unauthorised or accidental access, loss or use.
Between October 2011 and January this year, the personal data of 285 people -- including crime victims, witnesses, and suspects -- was lost by police officers, who mislaid notebooks and copies of fixed-penalty tickets.
The Privacy Commissioner, Allan Chiang Yam-wang, said the repeated loss of sensitive data showed there had been insufficient supervision and monitoring.
The Hospital Authority was cited after waste containing patients' data was found outside a shredding factory in Fanling last year. Chiang said the authority had omitted important directions from its contract with the factory, and inadequately supervised its work. --RTHK
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