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  1. Octopus sold personal data of customers for HK$44m

    Posted Jul 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang and Ng Kang-chung Two weeks after it denied selling the personal data of cardholders to third parties, the Octopus Card issuer said yesterday it had made HK$44 million ... the credit card numbers of cardholders to one of its partners, Card Protection Plan (CPP). She replied only that no customers had given permission for this to be done before 2005. Octopus Cards ...

  2. Octopus spreading tentacles across border to operate 'citizen cards'

    Posted Jan 21st 2010, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang Smart-card issuer Octopus Holdings is spreading its tentacles across the border to operate cards for a potential customer base of 600 million. The company, which has 95 per cent of Hong Kong residents using its Octopus cards every day, has teamed up with Hong Kong-listed technology services provider Digital China Holdings to develop applications and operate ...

  3. Octopus case might collapse

    Posted Nov 05th 2010, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... The report found that Octopus Rewards admitted making HK$57.9 million in the past eight years by selling cardholders' personal data to six business partners- including Cigna and Card Protection ... Anita Lam A small claims dispute that could set a precedent for millions of people whose personal data was sold by Octopus is in danger of collapsing. Grace Chan Yuk-fan, adjudicator ...

  4. Octopus asks tribunal to strike out claim

    Posted Sep 04th 2010, 12:00am by Austin Chiu, Paggie Leung

    ... in the middle of this month. The MTR Corporation, Octopus' largest shareholder, has said the HK$44 million made by the card issuer through the sale of 1.97 million cardholders' information ... Austin Chiu and Paggie Leung Octopus Holdings denied in the Small Claims Tribunal yesterday that it had sold the personal data of cardholders and wanted a claim for compensation over ...

  5. MTRC to share gains with Octopus

    Posted Nov 12th 2003, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang MTR Corp (MTRC) and its subsidiary Octopus Cards will share a combined $200 million income from a consultancy project in the Netherlands, which will introduce the popular Octopus electronic payment system nationally. The two firms will be responsible for providing the central clearing system software and operating the electronic ticketing system ...

  6. How scandal put the spotlight on privacy

    Posted Oct 19th 2010, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam For 13 years Octopus enjoyed a reputation of being the world's smartest smart-card system. Having started off as a public transport stored-value card, it quickly expanded ... is certain: public awareness about privacy has been raised. As the world's most used smart card, there are more than 11 million Octopus transactions every day. The company's management saw ...

  7. One law for the rich?

    Posted Aug 13th 2010, 12:00am by Regina Ip

    ... language as to be inscrutable to the average consumer. Unwittingly, once an Octopus card user has signed up to the rewards scheme, he gives his consent to potentially unlimited transfers of his ... The first is Prudence Chan Bik-wah, the former chief executive of Octopus Holdings. The ironically named Prudence was blamed or made a scapegoat for the unethical, possibly illegal, sale ...

  8. Letters

    Posted Aug 12th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that only a minority of Octopus users chose to give their personal details by signing up for a personalised card in order to obtain some additional benefits, such as eligibility for rewards. I live ... , this subsidiary has based the residents' cards of my estate on personalised Octopus cards. So, like thousands of my neighbours (and how many other people living in the other properties it manages, ...

  9. Fubon 'transferred' data to insurers

    Posted Aug 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the past five years. The data sold included personal details from customers' savings and credit card accounts. Taking into account the complaints against four banks being investigated ... Kwok-hing, who has been pressing for tougher laws against abuse of privacy data, said: 'First, it was Octopus. Then, the banks, supermarkets and mobile phone operators. 'It shows ...

  10. Citybus offers HK$42m in fare discounts

    Posted Jan 29th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and Disneyland routes. Only Octopus card users can get discounts. The discount is offered under the passenger reward arrangement in a franchised agreement signed between the government and Citybus ...




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