A police officer, who accused the force of unlawfully obtaining his personal information, has taken his case to the government’s appeals board after the city’s privacy watchdog found no wrongdoing. Tsuen Wan station sergeant Lee King-man said the Hong Kong Police Force obtained an additional seven months of his gambling records from the Hong Kong Jockey Club while it was investigating the 53-year-old for bookmaking and placing bets during office hours. According to Lee, Tsuen Wan Court in late 2011 granted the force permission to obtain three months of records from the jockey club up to March 10, 2012. However, the force received ten months worth of records up to October 3, 2012. Hong Kong officials arrest 29 in bank corruption investigation “If they needed extra personal data, they should have applied to the court for a warrant extension or issued a written request to the company in accordance with the (privacy) ordinance,” Lee said. “But they did not do so... The force and jockey club invaded my privacy.” Lee, who planned to retire in early 2018, was cleared of all criminal allegations, but faced 33 disciplinary charges as a result of the police force’s probe. A police source with knowledge of the internal investigation said Lee was convicted of eight disciplinary charges and the sergeant had been severely reprimanded and given a “warning of dismissal valid for three years”. A police spokesman insisted the force gathered evidence “in accordance with relevant legislation” based on the need when conducting disciplinary probe. Without commenting on Lee’s case specifically, the Hong Kong Jockey Club said it would “only disclose personal data in accordance with the personal data (privacy) ordinance”. Lee launched an appeal against the ruling of the police force’s investigation, and complained to the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data about the provision of the additional betting information. International email scams involving Hong Kong hit HK$1.5 billion for the year so far In a statement to the Post , the privacy watchdog however concluded there had been no breach of any rules. Lee has since launched another appeal against the watchdog’s decision with the Administrative Appeals Board. The case will be heard Thursday. Apart from securing a court warrant to seek one’s personal data, law enforcement agencies are also able to request information directly from the companies holding the information without first asking permission from the person who the information relates to.