警方解鎖被捕人士手機Police accessing mobile phone records | 截取通訊須改革Reforming communications interception law | 私隱條例新修訂 New amendment proposals to the privacy law| 爭取港台增撥資源 Urging for more resources for RTHK| 自動駕駛發展Development of autonomousvehicles
Concerns over access to mobile phone records by the police
It was reported that the instant messaging records of an arrestee’s locked mobile phone were admitted as part of the evidence by the prosecution, but the person had never disclosed to the Police the password for unlocking his mobile phone since his arrest and he had not been informed of a search warrant before the court hearing. I raised a Council question urging the government to clarify the incident and called for the collection of electronic evidence by law enforcement agencies to be regulated. (Read more)
Hong Kong’s communications interception law failing to protect privacy
For years, the Interception of Communications and Surveillance Ordinance has not been reviewed. Currently the police is not regulated for requesting Internet Service Providers to disclose user data and warrant is not required for accessing the mobile phone records of the citizens. Hong Kong people may think their privacy of communication is protected under the constitution but existing regulation is in fact flawed and insufficient to protect.
Amendments to the privacy law must consult the public
It is disappointing that the government has only issued a series of insufficient amendment proposals to the privacy law. Under the new proposals, the Privacy Commissioner is still not provided with the rights to prosecute and the amendments have failed to address privacy concerns arising from new technology, such as biometric data and facial recognition.
🗣️ Council work
2018-19 Work report issued
Digital transformation for local SMEs, upskilling of our IT workforce and talent nurturing were my work focus last year and a number of my policy proposals were adopted and implemented. (Read full report)
Calling for more resources for RTHK
In a bid to cover the anti-extradition protests, it was reported that the news division of RTHK has exceeded their annual operation budget by HKD5 million. However, RTHK was not offered the same support by the government as compared to other departments. I joined with a group of RTHK Board of Advisors to issue a joint-statement to the government, calling for more support and resources to RTHK.
Regulation Sandbox might be used for Autonomous Vehicle testing
Existing legislation imposes stringent restrictions on the visual display unit in cars, resulting in car manufacturers having to disable some advanced features or even remove them from the cars. Replying to my Council question, it was revealed that the Transport Department has commenced a study to look into the necessary legislative amendments with a view to allowing trials of innovative technologies through a “regulatory sandbox” approach, and is working in collaboration with the automobile sector to jointly stipulate a regulatory model for autonomous vehicles. (Read more)