Electoral office admits loss of personal data, says sorry

Local | 9 Apr 2019 4:07 pm

The Registration and Electoral Office said sorry today to 8,000 voters whose data has been lost and offered to fully co-operate with the police and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data on their investigations.

The government department  had not revealed the loss of the register for more than two years.

The office said it can not find the Register of Electors of the polling station at SKH Tsing Yi Estate Ho Chak Wan Primary School in the 2016 Legislative Council general election.

The register has the name, sex, address and Hong Kong identity card number for about 8, 000 electors assigned to that polling station.
"The register could show whether an individual elector was issued ballot papers at the polling station, but it does not show the choices made on the votes," a spokesman for the REO said.

"The REO has officially reported the case to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data and the Police. Action will also be taken promptly to notify all affected electors to mitigate any possible damage.
"We will send letters to government departments and organisations in different sectors that have a higher degree of handling personal data, including those involved in finance, insurance, telecommunications, retail, property, information technology and more, to alert them to the incident.''

The agency also said it submit a detailed report to the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau and the Electoral Affairs Commission.


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