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Seminar on “Safe Use of WhatsApp and Social Media Platforms”

Safe Use of WhatsApp and Social Media Platforms

In recent months, there has been a concerning increase in the hijacking of instant messaging accounts, with scammers impersonating victims to fraudulently obtain money from their online contacts. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) has also received a number of data breach notifications from organisations and schools relating to the hijacking of WhatsApp accounts, reflecting a rising trend in the number of hijacking cases on WhatsApp accounts.

Against this background, the PCPD organises this seminar to explain the methods used by fraudsters to hijack WhatsApp accounts, and provides advice on minimising privacy risks when using instant messaging apps and social media platforms. In addition, a guest speaker from Meta will speak on Meta’s policy and approach to combat scams on WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram platforms, as well as the tools and features that users can use to protect their accounts.

All members of the public with an interest in the topic are welcome to attend. Enrolment is free-of-charge and on a first-come-first-served basis.

Date 8 December 2023 (Friday)
Time 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Format Online / Face-to-face
(Physical venue: Lecture Room, the PCPD’s Office, 12/F, Dah Sing Financial Centre, 248 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong)
  • Ms Ada CHUNG Lai-ling, Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data
  • Ms Raina YEUNG, Director of Privacy and Data Policy, Engagement, APAC, Meta
  • What constitutes WhatsApp hijacking and the frauds involved
  • Security tips on using social media and instant messaging software
  • Tools and features for protecting WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram accounts
Language Cantonese
Fee Free-of-charge
Target Audience Members of the public
Registration Please register by completing the registration form on or before 2pm, 7 December 2023 (Thursday). Successful applicants will receive a confirmation email by 7 December 2023 (Thursday).
Enquiries Telephone: 2877 7130 (Ms LAM); 3423 6654 (Ms WONG)


  1. Enrolment will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. The PCPD reserves the right of final decision.
  2. No records of attendance will be issued for the participants of the captioned event.
  3. Successful applicants will receive a confirmation email by 7 December 2023 (Thursday).
  4. Personal Information Collection Statement: Personal data provided in this form will be used for the purpose of carrying out the above-mentioned event. You have the right to request access to and correction of your personal data held by the PCPD. You should make your data access request by completing the Data Access Request Form (OPS003) and sending the completed Form directly to the Data Protection Officer of the PCPD by fax (2877 7026), by email at or in person or by mail to the PCPD, Unit 1303, 13/F, Dah Sing Financial Centre, 248 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
  5. Please note that the captioned event may be filmed, photographed and/or recorded for PCPD's future educational purpose.
  6. The PCPD reserves the right to modify the content and the date of the captioned event.
  7. For enquiry, please email to or call 2877 7130 (Ms LAM) / 3423 6654 (Ms WONG).