A report by the Privacy Commissioner found the electoral office failed to take adequate steps to protect the personal data of Hong Kong’s 3.78 million voters stored in one of two laptop computers that were stolen during the chief executive election in March. The report, released on Monday, accused the Registration and Electoral Office of lacking “the requisite awareness and vigilance expected of it in protecting personal data”. The commissioner ruled the office had broken the data protection principle of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. Arguably the worst personal data breach in Hong Kong, the incident came to light on March 27 when electoral officers went to pack up at the AsiaWorld-Expo, fallback venue for the election of the city’s leader the day before. Two notebook computers stored in a room were missing, presumably stolen.
ORIGINAL SOURCE: SCMP
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