New HK smart identity card won’t threaten privacy, Communications Authority says

New HK smart identity card won’t threaten privacy, Communications Authority says

Hongkongers impressed by the smart cards’ advanced security features that can prevent forgery

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The new design for the identity card...

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...and the full-colour image under UV light.

People don’t need to worry about their privacy when using the new smart identity card, a spokesperson for the Office of the Communications Authority said.

After a three-year wait, the design of the new identity card was finally revealed last Wednesday. Hong Kong residents were impressed by its new security features, which can prevent forgery.

There are nine new security features in total, including a photo of the card holder and a small stereo laser image, as well as a hologram, rainbow printing and a multi-pattern background. 


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The new design has other functions that will make Hongkongers’ lives easier, too. 

The new ID cards will “be even more convenient for users”, said Clara Mok, a spokesperson for the Office of the Communications Authority.

“For example, Hongkongers can use the card to enter hospitals and libraries in the future.” 


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Despite the cards being so advanced, Mok said  users’ privacy would be protected. The Registrations of Persons Ordinance (Cap. 177) has very strict laws preventing unlawful access to anyone’s data, she said. 

“Like the previous cards, these ones will show the users’ general information – name, birthday and gender for example – and not more than that,” she said. 

Edited by Charlotte Ames-Ettridge

 

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
The new ID card won’t take away your privac

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