Police fears over digital tampering

A police union says the growing use of digital technology could make it easier for defendants to tamper with evidence.

But legal experts disagree, saying any changes to evidence in digital format could be traced more easily.

Sunday, 14 August, 2011, 12:00am

Watchdog fingers Disneyland for privacy investigation

Mickey Mouse has your fingerprints and the privacy commissioner wants to know what he's doing with them.

Roderick Woo Bun says his officers will contact Disneyland for information about a finger-scanning system it uses for access to its theme parks in Hong Kong and the United States.

28 May 2010 - 12:00am

Security at the touch of a finger

Even seasoned industry professionals admit the latest advances in security for offices bring to mind early science fiction movies.

Door locks operated by fingerprint-scan recognition, for instance, will become a more common sight, with several Hong Kong companies developing and manufacturing devices to meet the demand for better and more flexible office security systems.

15 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Palm reading

IBM and Fujitsu have teamed up to introduce a palm-vein identification system that will enable PC users to access applications, files and websites with a single scan of their palm, eliminating the need to remember passwords. The computer-attached scanner is touted as being as accurate as iris-scanning technology and better - although more expensive - than fingerprint authentication.

3 Jan 2010 - 12:00am


Should a driving ban start after a jail term?

I believe enough innocent lives have been lost as a result of irresponsible and reckless driving. Almost on a weekly basis, we see pictures of victims of traffic accidents. In the majority of cases, these accidents could have been prevented.

20 Jul 2009 - 12:00am


What do you think of the police roadblock action?

We should not blame the police for stopping those people illegally racing cars, although the way they did it was quite reckless ('Human roadblock 'put public at risk'', July 14).

17 Jul 2009 - 12:00am


What do you think of the police roadblock action?

I seldom write to express my opinion in public.

However, after reading so much negative news regarding the incident at Kwun Tong ('Human roadblock 'put public at risk'', July 14), where police used taxis, a truck and a private car as a roadblock to stop illegal racing cars, I felt I had to write.

16 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Scanning workers' prints is 'excessive'

The fingerprinting of workers to monitor their attendance is an excessive privacy infringement, the personal data watchdog has ruled.

But a technology firm that offers fingerprint-recognition systems challenged the concerns.

14 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

An even faster e-channel

Five seconds may not seem long to wait, but the Immigration Department wants to improve the already speedy e-channel service.

Immigration chief Lai Tung-kwok, set to retire tomorrow, said yesterday that the department was considering collecting fingerprint information from citizens who volunteer it. This would be used to shorten their time at e-channel-serviced checkpoints.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Tighter check

A survey has shown that more than eight in 10 Hongkongers would be willing to have their fingerprints and eyes scanned at airports. Does Hong Kong need to introduce such tough security measures? Write to us.

23 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Sound Bites

What's the idea behind Squeeze, a group exhibition featuring mixed media works by eight local artists?

Curator Movana Chen Li-yun:

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Biometrics leaves its mark on daily life

The technologies for fingerprint scanning are found in a wide range of products, and facial recognition systems are not far behind

Biometrics has for more than a decade stood on the cusp of mainstream adoption.

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Fingerprint scanning

Fingerprint scanning

Digital fingerprint recognition technology uses varied techniques. Early research and development efforts produced optical scanning techniques, which used digital cameras to capture an image of a fingerprint and software to deconstruct that image into a recognisable pattern.

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Finding culprits

Young Post: How did you join the Identification Bureau?

Au: Before joining the bureau, I had been a junior police constable for two years. There were openings in the bureau and I wanted to change my work environment, so I applied.

29 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Travellers are all thumbs at the immigration gates

They find themselves out of touch with temperamental new fingerprint scanner

The rule of thumb is turning out to be harder to understand than many people expected at the new automated immigration clearing gates.

29 Jan 2005 - 12:00am