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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 1 Oct. 2021 Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 24 Sept. 2021

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In Hong Kong, a former clerical assistant was sentenced to 45 months in prison — the toughest doxxing sentence in the country — after she pled guilty to “misconduct in public office.” Hung Wing-sum divulged the personal information of more than 200 public officials on the Telegram application.

In this day and age, when we live parallel lives online and offline, this breach of basic trust raises concerns that have far-reaching consequences on the victims of such actions.

Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner Ada Chung welcomed the sentence, saying, “doxxing acts can bring very serious legal consequences. The cyber world is not beyond the law.”

In a separate case, a doxxing website with personal information on more than 2,000 Hong Kong politicians and journalists is still online. However, it was reported to authorities nearly two months ago. It seems that the owners of this website are “shapeshifters” or, to put it more plainly, shifting their domains and keeping the information online.

Fresh on the heels of that sentencing, the Hong Kong legislature passed an anti-doxxing privacy bill that empowers the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data to investigate and prosecute doxxing incidents. Read below for more details. 

In other news from China, the Central Bank is set to deepen its antitrust action seemingly aimed at Big Tech companies. Speaking at the China Payment and Clearing Forum in Beijing, Deputy of People’s Bank of China Governor Fan Yifei said, “The central bank will support platforms to focus on their core businesses and innovation, but firmly oppose their disorderly expansion, unfair competition, data misuse and other violation of consumer interests." He has maintained the PBOC remains focused on preventing the disorderly expansion of capital and serving the real economy.

Hopping over to Australia, eftpos has become the first accredited non-government operator of a digital identity exchange capable of facilitating a bridge between the identity service providers, individuals and merchants or governments. Concerning privacy and user trust issues, it seems this company has really ticked the boxes and therefore has been granted this accreditation under the Trust Digital Identity Framework. They also state they do not retain any identity data. 

As eftpos Digital Identity Managing Director Andrew Black noted, this will help businesses immensely in use cases such as Commerce onboarding, recruitment, responsible gaming, anti-money laundering and identity verification.

What a week for privacy; from the lows of individual privacy tarnished on the internet to the Chinese government taking action against big players in antitrust action to the digital trust being provided by government and companies in Australia, it has been quite an eventful week.

And, to end the news from India — winter is finally coming! (Fingers crossed! I don’t want to jinx it!)

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  • comment Megha Madnani • Oct 12, 2021
    Srinjoy this is a good article and great information. Keep in touch.