Doxxing – when a person’s private information is leaked online – has become prevalent during the ongoing Hong Kong protests. Illustration: Mario Riviera
Lisa Lim
Opinion

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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Doxxing: the powerful ‘weapon’ in the Hong Kong protests had a petty beginning

  • ‘Dropping dox’, as it was known in the 1990s, was an act of retribution during flame wars in which hackers and posters got into arguments online
  • It refers to the act of leaking an individual’s personal information for the purpose of humiliation or intimidation

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Doxxing – when a person’s private information is leaked online – has become prevalent during the ongoing Hong Kong protests. Illustration: Mario Riviera
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The justice secretary and the chief of police applied to the High Court for the injunction. Photo: Roy Issa

Court grants interim injunction to ban doxxing of Hong Kong police

  • Writ filed by the Department of Justice at the High Court seeks action against leaking of officers’ personal information, or that of their families, online
  • Privacy watchdog has received more than 2,700 complaints of doxxing since June, with about a third involving police
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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The justice secretary and the chief of police applied to the High Court for the injunction. Photo: Roy Issa
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