Date
22 September 2017
The missing laptops contain personal information of more than three million registered voters and Election Committee members. They were stolen during Sunday's election for chief executive. Photos: HKEJ
The missing laptops contain personal information of more than three million registered voters and Election Committee members. They were stolen during Sunday's election for chief executive. Photos: HKEJ

Election laptops containing private data go missing

The Registration and Electoral Office (REO) said two laptop computers containing information on the 1,200 Election Committee members and all local registered voters have gone missing.

The two computers are believed to have been stolen from the AsiaWorld-Expo, the alternate venue for the chief executive election held Sunday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

A spokesperson from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) said that the stolen laptops could contain the personal information of Hong Kong’s 3.7 million registered voters. The data had been encrypted, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The PCPD is investigating the incident and has asked the REO to notify the people affected.

One of the laptops is said to contain the private information of voters, including their Hong Kong ID numbers, phone numbers and home address, hk01.com reports.

Police have classified the case as theft but no arrests have been made.

According to sources, the two computers had been placed in a locked room inside Hall 7.

There were no signs of forced entry.

There were no CCTV cameras inside the room. Police are looking into surveillance footage outside the room for evidence.

The police said they received a report about the stolen computers at around 4:40 p.m. on Monday. A spokesman from the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said they were informed about the incident at about 8:30 p.m.

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