A government official said Monday that the Hong Kong government will strengthen privacy protections following a recent scandal involving the sale of citizens' data to third parties. Octopus Holdings admitted last week that it has received HK$44 million since January 2006 through selling the personal information of customers of its RFID-enabled cashless payment card. Stephen Lam, secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs, said the government would consider increasing controls and penalties to ensure corporations use data only as authorized by data subjects, International Business Times reports.
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