Raymond Tam says the lost data is protected by strong encryption. Photo: RTHK
The government said on Tuesday that 30 election officials may be disciplined over the loss of two laptop computers that contained the names and addresses of all the voters in Hong Kong.
Constitutional minister Raymond Tam said the Civil Service Bureau will take action if anyone is found to have not performed their duties or made administrative mistakes.
The laptops disappeared in March from a locked room at AsiaWorld Expo – the back-up venue for the Chief Executive election, which was being held at the time.
A government probe agreed that the data shouldn’t have been taken out for any type of election. It also found that officials did a poor job on privacy protection, privacy management and following IT security guidelines.
Tam said the lost data is protected by strong encryption security and said so far there has been no evidence to suggest that the data could be used to rig future elections.
He also said he thinks such incidents will not be repeated once electoral officials adopt proposals recommended by both the government’s investigation task force and the Privacy Commissioner.