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Labour Department reports missing document containing personal data

     The Labour Department announced today (October 27) that the department had reported a case of lost personal data to the relevant authorities.

     The department has started a thorough investigation into the case and initiated a review. The department is calling the persons affected to express its apologies. The Labour Department deeply apologises for the inconvenience caused as a result of the incident.

     According to a preliminary enquiry, the missing document contains personal data of 56 persons who have applied for employees' compensation. The department could not find the document on October 17 when making preparations for meetings concerning work-related injuries to be held in Tuen Mun Hospital.

     The Labour Department has informed the Police and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data. The department will seriously investigate the incident with the authorities concerned to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents. Pending the outcome of the investigation and review, the current mode of dispatch arrangements with hospitals has been suspended.

     The Labour Department stresses that the incident will not affect the process of the injured persons' claims and the compensation they are entitled to.

Ends/Thursday, October 27, 2011
Issued at HKT 17:06


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