Cathay Pacific ordered to cooperate with privacy chief on 9.4m personal data theft


The government says it is "highly concerned'' about the incident involving the theft of personal data belonging to 9.4 million passengers of Cathay Pacific Airways.

The Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau says Cathay Pacific Airways has been requested to fully co-operate with the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data on the compliance check.

Cathay Pacific's decision to reveal what is being seen as one of the largest personal data breaches in the airline industry after a even-month lapse, has been greeted by passengers and the public with disbelief.

Cathay Pacific chief executive Rupert Hogg has apologized in an evening video on Thursday.

"We also hope that the privacy commissioner will complete the check and make a report expeditiously so that Cathay Pacific Airways can comply with the requirements," a spokesperson for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said today.

The Privacy Commissioner may serve an enforcement notice directing a person or organisation contravening the data protection principles under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (the Ordinance) to take remedial measures, the spokesperson said.


source: The Standard

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