Survey: Hong Kong's elderly lack awareness of privacy protection

08:45, May 06, 2010      

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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in Hong Kong entrusted the University of Hong Kong's Sau Po Centre on Ageing to conduct a survey on privacy protection and found that the elderly in Hong Kong lack awareness of personal privacy protection.

Among the respondents who had been in a situation in which they were asked to give their personal information, nearly 40 percent gave their personal information to the person on the other side of the phone without any knowledge of who they were.

The media reported that in April of this year, the Sau Po Centre on Ageing conducted one-on-one interviews with 400 people over the age of 60 from 14 elderly centers in order to learn about their recognition and awareness regarding their personal data as well as their Internet knowledge.

The survey showed that 83 percent of respondents would provide all information required when applying for certain public services, 59 percent when they receive opinion surveys, 25 percent when they receive parcels and 19 percent when they fill in raffle tickets. Nearly 40 percent of respondents who had been asked to give their personal information would comply without knowing the identity of the person asking

By People's Daily Online


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