Police body accused over leak report

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 May, 2006, 12:00am

The independent police complaints body 'cleverly disguised' the cause of a leak of 20,000 names on the internet, a company cited as 'the immediate and proximate cause' of the leak said yesterday.

Technology contractor EDPS Systems said the Independent Police Complaints Council had played down its own shortcomings and disguised them in its report on the leak.

'For those who studied the report carefully and managed to read beyond the cleverly worded disguise, it should not be difficult to reach a fairer and more balanced conclusion,' EDPS president Ken Ng Kin said in a submission to the Legislative Council.

By using the words 'immediate and proximate cause', the council had given the impression that his company and its subcontractor, Kirren Heung Yam-ling, were in the wrong, he said.

The data leak saw the names, addresses, Hong Kong identity card numbers and even criminal records of people who had made complaints against the police made available on the internet.