Hk: Cops carpeted over leaks

Diana Lee reports:

Twenty-one police officers have been disciplined over leaks in police data that have appeared online, Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Roderick Woo Bun said yesterday.

Woo said the figure was confirmed in a meeting with Police Commissioner Tang King-shing, who also said the leaks were not caused by hackers or failures in the force’s IT system.

Concern has been mounting over leaks of confidential information after files on blackmail and criminal damage cases were uploaded to the internet last week. It is believed the files were obtained through Foxy, a file-sharing software program.

A day later a further 104 confidential files appeared on the internet, including one saying a constable was prevented from working for the tactical unit because of her physical condition.

According to a statement issued yesterday by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Tang acknowledged that as of Friday, a total of 28 personal data leakage incidents were caused by staff saving copies of police documents as templates for future use in their personal computers, which were installed with a peer-to- peer application.

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