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  • Sep 16, 2014
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Public Records

Hong Kong government clings to its secrets as fewer records declassified

Unlike in Britain and the United States where declassification falls under freedom of information laws, here the 30-year rule principle is only part of a government code on public records access. And the release rate has dropped from 61 per cent in 2008, to 46 per cent in 2010, to 41 per cent in 2012, according to figures given by the GRS in response to an inquiry by the South China Morning Post.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 2:26pm

Top officials bury 1978 idea to spy on civil servants

A confidential record from that year showed there was a suggestion that the newly formed Independent Commission Against Corruption should be able to collect pay-lists, leave rosters, postings and pictures of people in other law enforcement agencies.

27 May 2013 - 4:21am

Good governance depends on well-kept records

For issues that are neither on the government's agenda nor on the public's radar, it may take months or years to see any progress. Public records management is probably one of them.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am 2 comments

Why is the government destroying so many documents?

We are still astounded at the equanimity with which Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor revealed that in the last six months of last year 23,189 metres of documents had been destroyed: equivalent to the distance between Kowloon and Hong Kong International airport.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:56am 2 comments

Huge destruction of government records continues

It is with some regret that we feel obliged to take issue with our chief secretary, the admirable Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, over her written reply yesterday on the vexed question of Hong Kong's public records. Legislative Councillor Cyd Ho Sau-lan had asked, given Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's support for an archive law during his election campaign, if any progress had been made so far.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:58am 2 comments

Ministry eases passport restrictions for non-locals in six mainland cities

The Ministry of Public Security is to ease restrictions on passport and travel permit applications by non-local people working or studying in six mainland cities.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:12am

Visas and other woes

Over the past month, my expedition partner, Leon McCarron, and I have made fast progress south along the Yellow River, and then crossed from the province of Shanxi into Shaanxi, and out of the mountains and onto flat, fertile plains that will lead us to Xian, the capital of Shaanxi and the ancient capital of China.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Government shrugs off damning report on records service arm

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Scheme to check for sex offenders

A new police scheme will allow employers and organisations who work with children to check if job applicants have a history of sex crimes, according to the Security Bureau.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Files destroyed without approval, former official says

Many government records have been destroyed without the approval of the director of the Government Records Service, according to the former holder of the post.

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am