06 Nov Hong Kong Privacy Body Investigates Cathay Pacific Breach
Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Stephen Kai-yi Wong said this week that it is conducting a compliance probe into Cathay Pacific’s data breach where it will examine security measures taken by the airline to safeguard its customers’ private data, as well as its information retention policy and practice.
The watchdog said that it had received a deluge of complaints linked to the breach that hit Asia’s biggest international carrier which only disclosed the incident months after detecting the violation.
Local lawmaker Charles Mok said last week that the security incident highlighted the ineffective reality of Hong Kong’s privacy law. He added that the commissioner “has no teeth,” nor does he have the power to conduct criminal investigations or prosecute.