Starting this month (November), when entering and exiting government buildings, public offices and other premises, it is mandatory to sweep “safe travel”. People with disabilities can be exempted, but they must “fill paper”. The Hong Kong Association of the Blind found that “paper” travel with peace of mind has less privacy protection than the electronic version. The terms of the paper version specify that the information can be handed over to authorized law enforcement officers. The director-general of the association Sheng Lilian criticized: “It seems to punish the disabled.”
According to the information provided by the Hong Kong Association of the Blind, travel with peace of mind on paper. The section on data transfer states that “the information can be provided to the government/institution/organization/person, such as the Department of Health, the Hospital Authority, and authorized government and law enforcement Personnel, etc.” The association believes that the scope of authorized government and law enforcement officers is wider. Compared with the electronic version, the relevant content only mentions that “the information may be provided to other authorized departments/organizations/persons, including The Department of Health, the Hospital Authority and law enforcement officers responsible for epidemiological investigations and contact tracing.” Sheng Lilian said that the families of the blind are worried that the range of transferable data for safe travel on paper is too wide, “too wide without protection, it is like punishing the disabled.”
“Position News” is inquiring with the Civil Service Bureau, which is coordinating the government building sweeping “Travel with peace of mind”. A government spokesperson replied that the personal data provided by the exempted person on the visitor data record form will only be used if the purpose of collection is met. , The department that collects the data (that is, the department visited by the exempted person) provides it to authorized personnel (such as authorized personnel of the Department of Health or Hospital Authority, etc.) when necessary. The relevant arrangements are in accordance with the “Personal Data (Privacy) ) Ordinance (Chapter 486), the government has also required departments to formulate guidelines on the custody and destruction of collected personal data. However, the spokesperson did not explain why the paper and electronic data transfer criteria are different.