Police Challenged Privacy Protection and Wanted to Open Confidential Letter

Mr Chan told the reporters that the police questioned him regarding his possession of a sealed letter that was not addressed to him. When he argued with the police, he was accused of obstructing a police officer and was threatened with arrest.

Mr Chan, who works in the insurance industry, stated that when the police stopped him and queried him about the letter, which was clearly marked as confidential, they wanted to open the letter.

Chan then explained to the police that the letter belonged to his client, and he further elaborated that, “Of course you can open the letter, so long as your ID information is provided. In any case should the confidential information of the letter be leaked, someone needs to take responsibility.” He showed the letter to the journalists on the scene and said, “it couldn’t be hard to comprehend. The word “Confidential” is clearly marked in English and Chinese. Even if one doesn’t read English, one should understand the words in Chinese.”

Chan said that he had explained to Police that confidential personal data should not be revealed. However, the police countered that “Privacy is not always of paramount importance”.

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