HK privacy officer says ‘justifiable’ for helpers to report employers for suspected crimes

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Helpers report suspected crimes of their employers using relevant data may be justifiable if they believe an offense has been committed, said Wednesday the Chinese Special Administrative Region’s privacy office.

Encouraging assistants to report alleged crimes is not a privacy issue, the Hong Kong Personal Data Privacy Commissioner, China, said in response to an ABS-CBN News request. The Filipino Migrant Workers described the former Hong Kong chief executive, C.Y, as very reckless Leung’s Facebook post, in which he urged workers to report banned items such as petrol bombs, slingshots, batons and helmets, gas masks and goggles.

Reporting by helpers on alleged crimes using their employers ‘ relevant personal information may be justifiable if they honestly believe that crimes have been committed, the office said in a statement.

It is not a privacy issue under this Ordinance to allow helpers to report alleged crimes, it said.

Leung’s post had over 2,000 reactions, 14 comments, and 491 shares as of Thursday.

Hong Kong media reported in August that advertisements placed in Chinese newspapers in the name of Action 803, affiliated with the website, offered bounties ranging from HK$100,000 (P648,000) to HK$1 million (P6.48 million) for those suspected of participating in protest violence.

The website’s domain name is officially listed under Leung Chun-Ying, an ex-leader namesake from Hong Kong.

Action 803 was named after the date of August 3, when a Chinese flag was lowered from a flagpole at Tsim Sha Tsui’s popular tourist spot and thrown into the sea.

Law Man-Chung, 21, was sentenced this week to 200 hours of community service on charges of desecrating the national flag after pleading guilty.

On August 28, the Standard reported that Leung, who the vice president of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, China’s top advisory body, “did not confirm whether he was behind the campaign, but asked people to help spread the news.”

Under Hong Kong law, as approved by the Immigration Manager, a foreign domestic worker is allowed to work with the contracted employer. Any unapproved work with someone else would make him or her liable to arrest and eventual dismissal.  Future applications for jobs are subject to close scrutiny.

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