Data Privacy

National Security Agency doing its job

Collecting logs from any possible source is a perfectly legitimate programme of self-defence. Photo: AFP

Your editorial ("US surveillance policy shows it cannot be trusted", June 12) manages to confuse the aggressive and often overreaching promotion of democracy and human rights by US governments with a perfectly legitimate programme of self-defence.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 4:23am 7 comments

US security agencies swap data with thousands of companies

Illustration: Henry Wong

Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working with US national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, said four people familiar with the process.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

Greenwald's passionate opinions become part of story

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Edward Snowden brought his information to Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian instead of to The Washington Post, with which he had briefly corresponded. The case illustrates the passion an opinion-driven journalist can bring to a breaking news story; at the same time it raises questions about fairness.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:59am

Obama administration admits seizing phone records

The phone records seizure has stirred the privacy debate. Photo: AP

The Obama administration yesterday acknowledged that it is collecting a massive amount of telephone records from at least one carrier, reopening the debate over privacy even as it defended the practice as necessary to protect Americans against attack.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:50am 1 comment

Bloomberg privacy breaches raise red flags: experts

Every breath you take. News that Bloomberg reporters had access to information that clients would prefer to remain confidential has angered the finance industry. Photo: Reuters

Bloomberg’s privacy breach scandal has angered clients, and prompted regulators and central bankers to demand an explanation, and privacy experts say the scandal poses some disturbing questions.

15 May 2013 - 10:42am 1 comment

China joins central banks' call for Bloomberg answers

The People's Bank of China

China's central bank and foreign exchange regulator have joined the world's major monetary authorities in demanding answers from Bloomberg about access journalists at the global financial information provider may have to confidential data.

15 May 2013 - 8:08am 2 comments

Asset managers shocked at Bloomberg journalists monitoring clients' logins

Asset managers shocked at Bloomberg journalists monitoring clients' logins

Bloomberg's "mistake" of allowing its journalists to monitor clients' login activity on its trading information terminals has raised concerns in the financial world. In Hong Kong, asset managers were aghast at the prospect of their investment record and personal information spilling outside their Bloomberg systems.

14 May 2013 - 4:24am

Bloomberg blocks journalists from client data and admits to 'mistake' on privacy

Client information on Bloomberg terminals is sensitive and should not be seen by journalists, the company said. Photo: George Chen

Bloomberg has barred its journalists from monitoring clients' login activity on its trading information terminals. The financial data and news provider's chief executive Daniel Doctoroff said a "mistake" in its news gathering policies had been corrected.

13 May 2013 - 3:32pm

Is invisible web surfing an illusion?

Is invisible web surfing an illusion?

Could there soon be a data black hole threatening the internet economy?

10 May 2013 - 7:32am

Letters to the Editor, April 21

US repeated historic failure to heed lessons of war. Photo: AP

The danger of a conflict between China and Japan over islands in disputed waters, such as the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, is always possible, given the rise of militarism in both countries.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:56am 1 comment

Opt-out rights a cause for celebration

Marketing companies make proper disclosure on data privacy as required by law, including an easy way to opt out. Picture: SCMP

As the chairman of the Hong Kong Direct Marketing Association I feel obligated to respond to the letter by L. Chang and the report by Enoch Yiu. Both writers have misunderstood the newly amended privacy ordinance and the prior ordinance which had been in force for many years.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am

Guidelines help China to take step forward in data privacy

Scott Thiel, a partner at DLA Piper Hong Kong

Mainland China is one of the few remaining major markets in Asia without a comprehensive law regulating the use and handling of personal information. Data privacy is governed by way of a regime consisting of the constitution, criminal law, civil law, tort law and some sector-specific regulations.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:21am

Journalism group ICIJ snubs requests for access to bank account data

Journalism group ICIJ snubs requests for access to bank account data

Many accounts are linked to wealthy residents from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, with assets hidden in a complex web of shell companies in tax havens such as the Caymans and British Virgin Islands.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:28am

Public pressure forces shelving of law that hides company directors’ details

President of Law Society, Dieter Yih Lai-tak. Photo: May Tse

Under public pressure, the government has decided to shelve a controversial law restricting public access to the personal information of company directors. The Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau said yesterday it would hold back the legislation until consensus had been reached on ways to strike a balance between privacy and freedom of information.

29 Mar 2013 - 5:55am

Hong Kong just following mainland in rejection of transparency

The Hong Kong government is merely following a trend that mainland government officials adopted years ago. Photo: Bloomberg

In proposing to conceal the identity card numbers of company directors from the public, the Hong Kong government is taking a major backwards step away from transparency. But in doing so, it is merely following the mainland's lead.


20 Feb 2013 - 5:09am 7 comments