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  1. Trial of taxi payment by Octopus card

    Posted Dec 08th 2010, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... Danny Mok Taxi passengers can pay their fares with Octopus cards in a pilot programme that started yesterday. The electronic payment company Octopus Cards said 30 participating taxis had been fitted with Octopus card readers that were integrated with the taxi meters and could display fare amounts automatically. The company said it would study the test findings in preparation ...

  2. Octopus on watch

    Posted Dec 10th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... With 1.1 million cardholders, the operator of Octopus cards plans to monitor people's spending habits, even children as young as three. Should the Octopus operator track the spending behaviour of children? Write to us ...

  3. Octopus hopes HK$3 tip will win over cabbies

    Posted Feb 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Octopus has started giving Hong Kong cabbies a HK$3 'tip' every time a passenger pays a fare using the smart card, to encourage more business, ... the programme after seven months. To encourage more drivers to accept Octopus card payments, it began paying 'guaranteed tips' of HK$3 for every trip settled using the smart card. 'We ...

  4. Family of five arrested over Octopus card fraud

    Posted Mar 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Clifford Lo clifford.lo@scmp.com A home-made machine used to add value to Octopus cards has been found in a Yuen Long village house, leading to the arrest of a family of five. The discovery in Pat Heung on Tuesday was the first since the Octopus system was launched in 1997, police said. Initial investigations showed the machine had added value to 61 Octopus cards, totalling ...

  5. Mistaken Octopus deductions revealed

    Posted Jan 24th 2008, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam A total of HK$35,000 was incorrectly deducted from Octopus smart cards on 837 occasions over the past two years. Octopus Card said yesterday this was a tiny portion of more than ... not by technical problems with the cards. 'Sometimes the cashier or the operator thought he cancelled a transaction for the cardholder when in fact he didn't.' Mr Lau said although Octopus ...

  6. Octopus to handle lost cards faster

    Posted Aug 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com The Octopus Card company will speed up its response to reports of lost cards, starting from Monday. At present, users who lose their personalised Octopus cards ... could be HK$1,000 poorer in six hours if they lose their Octopus card and someone shops with it. This assumes the card user has a balance of HK$499 and has the automatic add-value service ...

  7. Anger and surprise over the Octopus Card data scandal

    Posted Aug 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lawmakers yesterday called on the MTR Corporation- the biggest shareholder in Octopus Cards- to reveal more details of the sale of cardholders' personal information to third parties ... asked members of the public what they think. Irene Cheung, mother of two. Has one standard Octopus card 'I am not surprised Octopus shares personal information of members. Many private ...

  8. Legislators demand Octopus transparency

    Posted Jul 28th 2010, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... The departure of Prudence Chan Bik-wah would not make the operations of the Octopus Cards more open and transparent if the management did not change its mentality, a lawmaker said yesterday. Legislators pressed Chan, he chief executive of Octopus Holdings, to step down over her evasiveness and contradictory remarks concerning the smart card issuer's sale ...

  9. No room for complacency over Octopus cards

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

    ... It is hard to imagine getting around Hong Kong easily without an Octopus card, so it is a welcome sign that executives at the company have recently taken steps towards easing growing ... concerns. But that does not hide the fact that users of Octopus cards are increasingly faced with the option of a Faustian pact, where, in return for handing over personal and contact details, you ...

  10. Profit drop of 13pc for Octopus Card

    Posted Sep 12th 2009, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam Octopus Cards reported a 13 per cent drop in profits to HK$101 million for the first six months of the year against the same period last year. It put the decrease down to higher operating costs and development projects. There were an average of 10.7 million transactions on the 19.5 million Octopus cards in use, it said. ...




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