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Frank Chan blames MTR for data privacy fears

2018-09-12 HKT 16:10
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  • Transport Secretary Frank Chan said people's personal data won't be transferred to the mainland when they use WiFi inside the SAR. File photo: RTHK
    Transport Secretary Frank Chan said people's personal data won't be transferred to the mainland when they use WiFi inside the SAR. File photo: RTHK
Transport Secretary Frank Chan said on Wednesday that the MTR Corporation is responsible for wrongly leading people to believe that their personal information could be handed over to mainland authorities if they make use of free WiFi at the new express rail terminus.

Chan said if passengers are using the WiFi while they are still in Hong Kong, no data will be transferred to third parties.

The apparent confusion arose after visitors to West Kowloon Station this week spotted a disclaimer by Guangzhou-based Comba Telecom, which provides the free WiFi, saying it may share users’ information with local and mainland authorities.

Chan said he expects the railway company to clarify the matter.

Earlier, the chairman of Legco's railways subcommittee, Michael Tien, also said that train passengers' data will be protected by Hong Kong law until they cross the border.

Tien said the MTR Corporation had done a poor job in presenting the whole picture over data privacy at the new rail terminal.