Hong Kong Identity Card

Firms should not use ID card numbers

The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang Yam-wang. Photo: May Tse

Privacy Commissioner Allan Chiang has an unenviable job; he is a toothless tiger trapped between growing public awareness of privacy and security, and data users and aggregators who do not want to change their lax practices.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2013, 3:28am 1 comment

Respect and protect ID card numbers

Allan Chiang, privacy commissioner for personal data

I wish to respond to views expressed in your paper concerning the protection of Hong Kong identity card numbers as personal data.

15 Mar 2013 - 3:31am 1 comment

Let's profit from inevitable loss of privacy

The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang Yam-wang. Photo: Sam Tsang

Privacy protection is a losing battle. Anonymity is increasingly difficult in the era of big data and mobile computing. That's why I think our privacy commissioner and his counterparts overseas are becoming obsolete. Allan Chiang Yam-wang makes a valiant defence of personal data, in particular our ID card numbers, in the letters page today.

15 Mar 2013 - 3:31am 2 comments

Father of baby born at border is jailed

A baby was born while his mainland parents were being interrogated at the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint, a court was told yesterday.

But while the child will get the Hong Kong identity card his parents craved, his father will spend a year in prison after admitting attempting to evade border controls aimed at stemming the influx of pregnant mainlanders into the city.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Hong Kong Memory

Have you ever wondered how many taxis there are in Hong Kong? And what about the breakdown of red, green and blue ones? What's the legal speed limit for minibuses? Why were lion dances nearly banned here in the past?

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

Hospitals may ban mainland mothers:

Janet Lui - It's useless. All the intensive care unit babies [born in private hospitals] will transfer to the public ones. The root of the problem can only be solved by stopping the issuing of Hong Kong IDs to babies [whose parents are both mainlanders].

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Swimming champion to press case

The last man to win the cross-harbour swim in 1978 - barred by organisers from this year's event - has decided to take his bid to compete to the Equal Opportunities Commission.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Right-of-abode saga needs a fitting end

It is ironic that the story of split families fighting to settle in Hong Kong continues to make headlines now that the height of the controversy over the right of abode is a distant memory. Officials estimated that 'tens of thousands' of grown-up mainland children born to Hong Kong parents would be eligible to come here under an easing of immigration rules implemented in April.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Migrant flood turns out a trickle

Confounding predictions that tens of thousands of grown-up mainland children would flood into Hong Kong to reunite with their parents thanks to an easing of the policy on right of abode, only 170 have been issued one-way permits in the programme's first two months.

15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Woman sold as child refused ID card

A Hong Kong woman who was sold as a child servant to human smugglers from the mainland more than 60 years ago has been refused an ID card because she cannot provide written proof she was born here.

28 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

New rule to end the agony of abode row

The grown-up mainland children of Hong Kong parents will be allowed to apply to live in the city from April under a new immigration arrangement announced yesterday.

Until now, they have been prevented from doing so by controversial right of abode laws.

15 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 According to the article, which of the follow measures has the government not taken to curb soaring property prices?

a. Banned quick resales of flats

b. Resumed building HOS flats

c. Converted industrial land for residential use

7 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Helpful airport immigration officials typify fine civil service

I am writing to thank the Immigration Department of Hong Kong.

When I travelled to London on Christmas Eve, I arrived at the immigration counter at Hong Kong International Airport only to discover I did not have my identity card with me.

I had put all my Hong Kong club cards into my safe at home, and must have inadvertently placed my identity card among them.

11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong online networkers too trusting

Members of social networking websites are at grave risk of identity fraud if they list personal details such as telephone numbers, addresses and job histories, security experts warn.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Fines loom for 500,000 who still haven't applied for smart ID cards

Half a million Hongkongers have still not swapped their old identity cards for smart ID cards despite having had 31/2 years to do so.

If you're one of them, and you haven't got a good explanation - such as a long hospital stay or a spell in jail or overseas - you may face a fine.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am