Lawmaker Regina Ip saw her Hong Kong identity card information posted inadvertently on her Facebook page, along with some personal medical records that she wished to share with the public.
Ip, who is the chairperson of the pro-Beijing New People’s Party, wanted to share information on a medical check-up that she underwent recently.
In an Aug. 10 post on Facebook, Ip said she had made good use of the LegCo summer break by going for a medical check-up.
In the social media post, some information was provided about the test results. The data showed that her vital parameters were in good order and that she was doing well.
However, what caught the attention of netizens was an attached colonoscopy scan report. There was nothing wrong with the report, except that it showed up Ip’s Hong Kong Identity Card number in full on a top corner.
As Ip’s staff subsequently became aware of the goof-up, the report was removed from her Facebook page the same day.
Eric Chan, the manager of Regina Ip’s Facebook page, later issued an apology on the social media platform. He said he was deeply sorry for leaking Ip’s personal information, noting that it had created much trouble and worry to Ip.
Netizens, meanwhile, have begun mocking Ip, saying that she doesn’t seem to have learnt any lessons on personal information security despite a previous incident.
Ip had told the media in February that she had been tricked out of US$65,000 due to a malicious email.
The latest incident prompted netizens to question Ip’s social media activity, with people remarking that others appear to be posting messages on her behalf.
Satirical website TVMost also made fun of Ip’s carelessness and naivety.
Ip shouldn’t immediately say “yes” if she receives a call from the liaison office one day asking her to be Hong Kong’s next chief executive, it said.
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