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  1. Surveillance watchdog review long overdue

    Posted Dec 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In 2006 Hong Kong was on the verge of a constitutional crisis after the courts expressed outrage over the lack of legal procedures regulating wiretaps and covert surveillance, sparking ... reaching until 2.20am to pass what is now the Interception of Communications and Surveillance Ordinance. Over 200 amendments were raised to highlight the imperfections of a rushed bill. Not one ...

  2. Watching brief

    Posted Feb 11th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Should legislation on covert surveillance be passed by the Legislative Council urgently? Declaring current surveillance unlawful, a judge has suspended his ruling for six months to give officials time to act. Write to us ...

  3. Surveillance law must still protect privacy

    Posted Feb 24th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching In 2006, the Hong Kong government rushed through a law on covert surveillance. Now, Justice Woo Kwok-hing, the commissioner on interception of communications and surveillance, has presented a report for 2007, the first full year the surveillance ordinance was in effect. It is a mixed bag. Mr Justice Woo says law-enforcement agencies were 'as a whole ...

  4. Police surveillance prevents motorbike theft

    Posted Aug 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joshua But Three brothers were arrested when they attempted to steal a motorcycle in Wong Tai Sin yesterday morning. A task force from Wong Tai Sin district police set up surveillance at a motorbike parking area at Lung Kwong House of Lower Wong Tai Sin Estate after a recent spate of thefts. At about 9.30am, three men, aged between 38 and 47, approached the site and attempted to load ...

  5. Police tighten chat-room rumour surveillance after run on bank

    Posted Sep 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang Police have increased their surveillance of rumours spread on popular online forums as part of stepped-up efforts against malicious spreading of false financial messages. ... should be cautious in carrying out the surveillance of online rumours. 'Such surveillance and operations may successfully deter people from spreading rumours on the Web,' he said. ...

  6. Watchdog reports four surveillance breaches

    Posted Nov 01st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joshua But Wrong phone tapped for a week, and judge kept in dark, but case called inadvertent Four breaches of the covert surveillance law were committed in the first five months after it took effect in August last year. They included tapping the wrong person's phone for a week, but all were inadvertent, the Commissioner on Interception of Communications and Surveillance ...

  7. Urgency needed in preparing surveillance law

    Posted Mar 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Thanks to recent court rulings, we are aware of serious doubts about the legality of covert surveillance operations in Hong Kong. As a result, the government is preparing legislation ... made public on the extent to which law enforcement agencies engage in spying and eavesdropping activities. Official figures released this week show covert surveillance is more common than most ...

  8. Laws on surveillance are long overdue

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

    ... The legality of covert surveillance operations in Hong Kong has been very much in doubt since two court rulings last year declared various forms of them to be unconstitutional. Chief ... But it was not a convincing approach. This was confirmed yesterday when Mr Justice Michael Hartmann ruled that the existing framework for covert surveillance breaches the Basic Law. The ruling does not come ...

  9. Surveillance law to allow 'reasonable privacy'

    Posted Feb 17th 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani Proposed legislation would require judicial approval in some circumstances Law enforcers will be able to conduct covert surveillance without judicial warrants unless ... Secretary for Security Stanley Ying Yiu-hong at a briefing to the Legislative Council's security panel on the government's plan for covert surveillance legislation. Lawmakers asked ...

  10. Anger at secrecy over surveillance

    Posted Oct 05th 2005, 12:00am by Felix Chan

    ... Felix Chan Heated exchange between legislators and security chief The government was told to come clean on its covert surveillance practices during a heated exchange with democrats ... the chief executive issued a rare executive order regulating covert surveillance by law-enforcement officials. The order came after evidence gathered by the Independent Commission Against Corruption ...




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