Per­sonal doc­u­ments are con­fi­den­tial and not for pry­ing eyes

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - THE PHOTO

of a di­vorce agree­ment in Wuhan, Cen­tral China’s Hubei prov­ince, aroused fierce dis­cus­sion af­ter it was posted on­line, be­cause it re­vealed the cou­ple owns 63 apart­ments. Bei­jing News com­ments:

Jour­nal­ists have al­ready con­firmed that the di­vorce agree­ment is true, and the woman in­volved has ex­plained how it was posted on­line: She hoped to buy a new apart­ment so she printed two copies of the agree­ment and submitted them to the real es­tate de­vel­oper and a bank. She said she in­tends to sue both of them for breach of pri­vacy.

If there is any ev­i­dence to prove one or the other is re­spon­si­ble for post­ing the agree­ment on­line it will need to pay the penalty for its deed, as it is il­le­gal.

In this age of high housing prices, it is un­der­stand­able that peo­ple have paid so much at­ten­tion to the di­vorced cou­ple’s agree­ment, as be­tween them they own 63 apart­ments. How­ever, the own­ers are en­ti­tled to their pri­vacy, which is pro­tected by the law.

The Supreme Peo­ple’s Court stated in an ear­lier ju­di­cial in­ter­pre­ta­tion that such deeds con­sti­tute a vi­o­la­tion of a per­son’s rights and wrong­do­ers should be pu­n­ished. And, since Au­gust last year, it has re­moved di­vorce cases from the list of judg­ment doc­u­ments that can be pub­lished on­line. A di­vorce agree­ment is a pri­vate doc­u­ment, not a ju­di­cial doc­u­ment, so it should en­joy higher pri­vacy.

The man and woman in this in­stance are not public em­ploy­ees and most of the apart­ments are re­im­burse­ment for their land and de­mol­ished houses. There­fore, the public should re­spect the law and re­frain from in­vad­ing their pri­vacy.

The case should also teach the em­ploy­ees of banks and real es­tate com­pa­nies a les­son: They get to see many con­fi­den­tial ma­te­ri­als, and they are re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing them pri­vate.

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