Sophia Chan assures protection of data in health code

Local | 24 Jun 2020 2:55 pm

The proposed "Hong Kong Health Code" computer system will only collect basic personal information and nucleic acid test results, the Secretary for Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said today.

She she the code is developed on the premise that personal privacy s protected.

“The code exchange procedures must also be explicitly initiated and agreed by the applicant. Data will be encrypted during transmission between the computer system and mobile device to ensure security,'' Chan said.

To allow mutual recognition of coronavirus test results by boundary control officers of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, participants of the pilot scheme can by themselves choose to exchange the "Hong Kong Health Code" for use on the "Yuekang Code" or "Macao Health Code" systems of Guangdong or Macau for health declaration purposes, she said.

Before leaving Hong Kong, those with negative test results can connect to the electronic platform through a web browser using smartphones or mobile devices, and apply for the "Hong Kong Health Code" online and download it to a mobile phone or device. “The procedure does not involve additional installation of mobile application programmes.''

She said the Privacy Commissioner has been consulted on the health code.

“We will also engage an independent third party to conduct a privacy impact assessment as well as an information security risk audit to ensure that the system and the data exchange process comply with the requirements of the Personal Data Ordinance and the Information Technology Security Policy and Guidelines of the government.''

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