Hong Kong’s privacy commission launches probe into Cathay Pacific breach

Hong Kong’s privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into the Cathay Pacific airlines data breach that exposed the data of 9.4 million of its customers.

Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) Stephen Kai-yi Wong will check if the company, along with its Hong Kong-based subsidiary Dragon Air, broke any compliance regulations, particularly the fact that it took Cathay more than seven months to reveal to the victims and the public that the breach took place. The PCPD has received 89 complaints relating to the Cathay breach.

“The compliance investigation is going to examine in detail, amongst others, the security measures taken by Cathay Pacific to safeguard its customers’ personal data and the airline’s data retention policy and practice,” Wong said in a statement.

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