Cathay Pacific's data breach exposes weak link in Hong Kong laws: Expert

Cathay Pacific had announced on Oct 24, 2018, that its computer network was compromised at least seven months ago, exposing the personal data and travel histories of some 9.4 million clients worldwide.
Cathay Pacific had announced on Oct 24, 2018, that its computer network was compromised at least seven months ago, exposing the personal data and travel histories of some 9.4 million clients worldwide.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

HONG KONG - Cathay Pacific's data breach has exposed a gap in the city's laws, with experts suggesting that existing rules be updated to ensure a more timely declaration.

Currently, disclosure of data leaks in Hong Kong is not mandated and is "a matter of best practice", said Mr Olli Jarva, managing consultant of software integrity group at tech firm Synopsys.

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