A man has filed a complaint against a police officer who used personal information gained while on duty to contact his girlfriend and ask her about private matters.
The man said the policeman had accosted his girlfriend in a video game arcade and asked for her Hong Kong identity card, and later sent her WhatsApp messages of a private nature, Headline Daily website reports.
The officer, who claims to be from the Criminal Investigation Department, asked about her particulars, including her home address and occupation, as well as whether she has a boyfriend.
The man narrated his girlfriend’s experience on an internet forum on Wednesday, and posted a mobile phone screen capture of the officer’s messages.
The post triggered much discussion on the online forum, with some netizens urging his girlfriend to make a formal report to the Complaints Against Police Office.
The CAPO on Thursday confirmed having received the man’s complaint, and pledged to handle the case fairly based on established procedures, news website hk01.com reported.
The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data also confirmed receiving a relevant enquiry. The PCPD said it would not comment on an individual case or an individual’s behavior before understanding the particulars of the incident.
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