Tighten law to prevent snooping, Hong Kong legislators urge

Ronny Tong

Under the city's surveillance regulations, law enforcement agencies need a court warrant to carry out covert operations. In 2011, a total of 1,221 authorisations were issued - 1,196 for interception and rest for surveillance. But the law does not cover snooping by private citizens or foreign intelligence.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 8:59am 9 comments

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.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 7 comments

Prize for cosy ties goes to US tech giants

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google. Photo: Bloomberg

In October, a US House of Representatives' committee in charge of intelligence issued a scathing report that warned American companies and government departments against doing business with China's two leading telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, because of their alleged close ties to the central government and the military.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 1 comment

America's prying eyes have been focused on China 'for years'

CCTV reported over the weekend that US intelligence agencies have for years spared no effort to access classified information from China.

US intelligence agencies have been spying on China via land, sea, air and cyberspace for years, including a failed attempt to acquire confidential information about China's fourth-generation stealth fighters, according to state television reports.

17 Jun 2013 - 10:53pm 8 comments

Former spy chief arrested in Sudan for 'inciting chaos'

Sudan arrested its former spy chief and other senior military and security officers yesterday after foiling what officials said was a plot to incite chaos and target leaders.

Witnesses said they saw army tanks and armoured vehicles moving down a main street in the centre of Khartoum around midnight, but life in the city was normal during the day with shops in the centre bustling.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

How to tell if my child is gifted

How to tell if my child is gifted

You do not have to be a budding Einstein to be considered gifted. "Giftedness" is a term that has been around for centuries and, like many features of education that refer to a minority, is shrouded in myth and misunderstanding. 

28 Oct 2012 - 3:26pm

App of the week

App of the week

Dr Reichel's IQ Test


Rating 8/10

They say that repeatedly doing IQ tests will improve your IQ score and make you look like a genius in test-based job applications. They also say that online or app-based tests are tipped to flatter your ego by awarding you a generous result; after all, the developers have nothing to lose.

14 Aug 2012 - 1:07pm

A new code

On a certain level, it is unfortunate that the world of intelligence co-operation necessarily takes place in the shadows, for it can shed light on intriguing trends unfolding across the region.

Anecdotal evidence, for example, suggests South Korea and Japan are increasingly co-operating, particularly about China.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

US spy story recycles old yellow peril fears

Bloomberg last week published a remarkable piece of propaganda that smeared Chinese university students in the US as spies.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

It's not you, it's us

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Let's embrace the concept of HQ

Many people believe that someone with a high IQ and EQ stands more of a chance to succeed. It is true that high levels of IQ and EQ help you tackle problems better.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Common sense must apply for gifted children

Hong Kong needs to retain and nurture its young talent if it is to maintain its competitive edge. So it is good that more is being done to identify exceptionally gifted school students and provide them with avenues for accelerated development and fulfilment of their potential.

11 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Secrets and spies

It is a gloomy morning in London, but rain hasn't stopped about 100 international journalists from cramming into a press conference at publisher Penguin. All this for a book? But which one? Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol?

27 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Protecting your assets

Workplace fraud is on the rise, mainly due to the economic downturn. But organisations can combat this problem with anything from common sense to white-hot business intelligence tools.

30 May 2009 - 12:00am

Coping linked to success

The ability to manage emotions and handle adversity is vital for students to learn successfully, an educator said this week.

1 May 2009 - 12:00am