Gym breaches pri­vacy of mem­bers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION DIGEST -

The Of­fice of the Pri­vacy Com­mis­sioner for Per­sonal Data has ac­cused the Cal­i­for­nia Fit­ness gym chain of breach­ing the pri­vacy of its mem­bers. The com­mis­sioner is con­cerned the chain has been stor­ing some 200,000 mem­bers’ full birth dates, as well as copies of their iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments. He said on Thurs­day he did not ob­ject to in­clud­ing mem­bers’ HKID card num­bers in for­mal gym con­tracts, but said it was un­nec­es­sary to have full copies of peo­ple’s HKID cards or home visit per­mits. The fit­ness center said col­lect­ing such in­for­ma­tion was nec­es­sary to ver­ify the per­for­mance of their sales staff when al­lo­cat­ing bonuses. But the com­mis­sioner said the center could have made phone calls in­stead. He urged the center to im­ple­ment changes to lower the risk of iden­tity theft. The center said it would take up the mat­ter with the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ap­peal Board. HK$3.2 mil­lion, which is be­lieved to be the prof­its made from the il­le­gal busi­ness, and con­fis­cated as­sets worth more than HK$12 mil­lion. Au Chin-chau, from the New Ter­ri­to­ries South Re­gional Po­lice Head­quar­ters, told re­porters on Thurs­day af­ter­noon the crime ring pro­vided one-stop ser­vices for sex work­ers once they had ar­rived in Hong Kong. To pro­mote the busi­ness and at­tract more cus­tomers, the group hired make-up pro­fes­sion­als and pho­tog­ra­phers to pro­duce pho­tos and videos of the sex work­ers, later to ap­pear on their porn site and print pub­li­ca­tions. The 22 men and 92 women ar­rested face charges in­clud­ing vi­o­la­tion of stay, or­ga­nized prostitution and money laun­der­ing.

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