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 December 11, 2014  Non-U.S.

Scott Thiel and Louise Crawford write:

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) announced last week that a former insurance agent has received a prison sentence in respect of offences under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (the Ordinance).

Background 

The case arose from a complaint made by the customer of an insurance company in 2012. An insurance agent had approached the customer while working for one insurance company. He subsequently moved company and sold a new insurance policy to the customer of his former company, who was unaware, at the time, that the agent had moved companies.

The customer alleged that the agent had misled her, and had thereby obtained her personal information by unfair means. In responding to the PCPD’s enquiries, the agent gave false information to the PCPD, which constitutes an offence under the Ordinance. The agent has been sentenced to 4 weeks’ imprisonment.

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