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Date: 15 September 2022

A 46-year-old Chinese Male Arrested For a Suspected Doxxing Offence

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) today arrested a Chinese male aged 46 in New Territories South. He was suspected to have disclosed the personal data of a data subject without his consent, in contravention of section 64(3A) of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO).

The investigation reveals that the arrested person had been an employee of the victim’s company for over 10 years. Other than this, the parties had formed a partnership to run a manufacturing business. In around September 2021, the two fell out because of some monetary disputes and terminated their partnership. The arrested person then left the victim’s company. Since July 2022, on multiple occasions, the victim found different posters on the walls and in the vicinity of his office building, containing the victim’s personal data, including his Chinese name, photo, the name, address and telephone number of the victim’s company, coupled with allegations against the victim.
 
The arrested person is currently under custody. The PCPD will continue its investigation into the case.

The PCPD reminds members of the public that doxxing is a serious offence. An offender is liable on conviction to a fine up to $1,000,000 and imprisonment for 5 years. To avoid breaking the law, members of the public should think twice before disclosing others’ personal data.

Relevant provisions under the PDPO
 
Pursuant to section 64(3A) of the PDPO, a person commits an offence if the person discloses any personal data of a data subject without the relevant consent of the data subject—
 
(a) with an intent to cause any specified harm to the data subject or any family member of the data subject; or
(b) being reckless as to whether any specified harm would be, or would likely be, caused to the data subject or any family member of the data subject.
 
A person who commits an offence under section 64(3A) is liable on conviction to a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for 2 years.
 
Pursuant to section 64(3C) of the PDPO, a person commits an offence if—
 
(a) the person discloses any personal data of a data subject without the relevant consent of the data subject—
(i) with an intent to cause any specified harm to the data subject or any family member of the data subject; or
(ii) being reckless as to whether any specified harm would be, or would likely be, caused to the data subject or any family  member of the data subject; and
(b) the disclosure causes any specified harm to the data subject or any family member of the data subject.
 
A person who commits an offence under section 64(3C) is liable on conviction on indictment to a fine of $1,000,000 and imprisonment for 5 years.
 
According to section 64(6) of the PDPO, specified harm in relation to a person means—
 
(a) harassment, molestation, pestering, threat or intimidation to the person;
(b) bodily harm or psychological harm to the person;
(c) harm causing the person reasonably to be concerned for the person’s safety or well-being; or
(d) damage to the property of the person.
 
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