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  • Dec 19, 2014
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Octopus Holdings

Octopus adds 16 cities, not Shenzhen

A new Octopus card to be launched next month will function in Hong Kong and 16 Guangdong cities - but not neighbouring Shenzhen.

Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am

Drive to go plastic in taxis speeds up

Passengers will be able to pay taxi fares by Visa or Octopus card in some of the city's 18,000 cabs within a few months - but some taxi unions are lukewarm about the idea.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Banks must stop selling us out

First came the scandal of Octopus Holdings, the electronic-payment services provider which sold its clients' personal data for direct marketing purposes. Now comes a similar scandal involving six banks, which were found to have sold customer data to insurance companies.

3 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Caught out

The octopus with its eight tentacles has the legendary ability to grab many things at the same time. But it might have grabbed one too many this time. I am, of course, referring to the controversy that has engulfed the Octopus card company over its practice of selling customers' personal data to other companies for marketing purposes.

11 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

New watchdog hopes Octopus saga a warning to others

New privacy commissioner Allan Chiang Yam-wang hopes the Octopus Cards saga will prompt other organisations to check whether their protection of personal data is adequate.

6 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Octopus looks to arm itself with online option

New ways to top up electronic payment card investigated

Unable to guarantee the reliability of its EPS machines, the provider of Octopus cards is looking at new ways of adding value conveniently to the 16 million cards in circulation, including an online option.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Commuters lost HK$142,000 in Octopus glitch

A total of HK$142,400 was wrongfully deducted from the bank accounts of Octopus card users in the past two months when they unsuccessfully attempted to use the EPS add-value machines in MTR Corp and Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation stations.

10 Feb 2007 - 12:00am