Letters | Hong Kong’s Covid vaccine lucky draws: don’t take chances with data privacy
- It would be best if the government or reputed accounting firms administered the lucky draws
However, such lucky draw initiatives could be abused if participants are required to provide valuable contact information such as their names, addresses, telephone numbers and Hong Kong identity card number directly to commercial organisations to enter and win a prize.
There is not enough transparency or details on how these lucky draws would be administered or how the data obtained would be protected. Any campaign to boost the vaccination numbers is welcome, and the number of Hongkongers getting vaccinated is increasing as a result of the string of offers. Nevertheless, the specifics regarding the security and privacy issue cannot be ignored.
I believe a reputable accounting firm or government authority should be responsible for all the personal data acquired during lucky draws of such magnitude. The commercial sector and sponsors of the lucky draws should not have access to the data for their own purposes.
Harriet Tung, The Peak