A British-based law firm is planning to seek compensation for Cathay Pacific Airways passengers through a collective legal action overseas following the carrier’s massive data leak, but Hong Kong lawyers have warned this may not be easy for local customers.
Progressive Lawyers Group Convenor Craig Choy joined Talk The Walk hosted by Harminder Singh of the Hong Kong International Business Channel this week to discuss a series of legal and political issues.
Craig Choy of Progressive Lawyers Group told Tagesschau (a German television news service) that rule of law in Hong Kong is still fairly satisfactory but we are facing threats from all front, from the pro-government establishment to Chinese government. That is why we must defend the rule of law.
Hundreds of Hong Kong children, some as young as nine, are exposing their identities, innermost thoughts and even flesh to millions of strangers on the world’s most popular iPhone app, an investigation by the Post has found.
Animal groups have renewed calls to update laws and establish an animal police unit after the death of a dog, which had been rescued just days before it died.
So far 50,000 people have signed an online petition pressing for better animal protection, lawmaker Roy Kwong Chun-yu said.
Animal-lovers in Hong Kong have demanded the government crack down on animal cruelty with new laws and a dedicated police squad to deal with abusers, after at least 13 dogs were poisoned in just over a week, 12 of them fatally.
More than 50,000 people signed a legislator’s petition for action after the spate of deaths, and the case of a dog killed by being thrown from the roof of a high-rise building.
The Progressive Lawyers Group’s Craig Choy told HKFP that he was very happy about the outcome of the election as he had supported Dykes’ list, and five of the six members won seats.
Asked about his expectations towards Dykes, Choy said that he hoped he could continue to be vocal on behalf of the Bar Association: “I’ll be content if he can respond to society’s expectations and the wishes of the public. The upcoming year is especially critical because of the three major issues — the national anthem law, Article 23 [of the Basic Law] and other matters relating to the co-location arrangement.”
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has asked that the government refrain from imposing medical requirements in a new gender recognition law, calling for a progressive model that respects the rights of transgender people.
In 1999, a man named Tsun Shui-lun, a technical assistant at Queen Mary Hospital, retrieved the medical records of the then-Secretary for Justice, Elsie Leung, and proceeded to share them with his friends, family, and the media.
He was subsequently found guilty of section 161 of the Crimes Ordinance, a charge which cameinto effect in 1993 and criminalises “access to a computer with criminal or dishonest intent.”
Almost two decades later in 2016, a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the same charge – for posting erotic writing involving rape, even though the story had been marked as a “work of fiction.”
Barrister Craig Choy Ki said drone-peeping at someone bathing without recording did not violate the privacy law. "In a legal context, the definition of personal data requires the data to be recorded in a format. Also, the person involved has to be identifiable in the data," said Choy who is convener of the Progressive Lawyers' Group.