The Hong Kong privacy commission (PCPD) has seen a significant increase in the number of complaints from people whose private data has been put online without permission in recent months. The Guardian reports that.
Between 14 June and 18 September the committee received 1,376 complaints and 126 questions from citizens because they were doped during the protests. Throughout 2018, the Hong Kong privacy commission received 1,890 complaints.
Doxxen is the collection and publication of a person's personal information. This includes, for example, names, photos and telephone numbers or information about relatives of the victims.
Journalists and civil servants in particular were targeted, writes The Guardian . For example, recent data from employees of the local Chinese newspaper Apple Daily has also been made public. According to Chris Yeung, chairman of the Hong Kong Journalist Association, the doxxing of journalists is an attack on freedom of the press.
Information from police officers put online without approval
Information from, among others, police officers and civilians was also put online without approval. During the protests in Hong Kong, many protesters wear face masks to protect their identity. Many police officers have removed the badge from their uniform, so that they can no longer be identified by their police number.
Photos of agents are shared on public channels of chatapp Telegram, among others. Other information is also shared via this route.
Protesters have been campaigning in Hong Kong in recent months. They do this to express their dissatisfaction with China's politics and increasing influence.