2020-06-17

Doctors' personal data issue


I have received several complaints about the personal data of medical practitioners published on egazette not being reasonably protected because many of them use their residential addresses as their medical practitioner's registered address, but anyone with an ordinary Internet search engine can find out the personal data of those medical practitioners, such as their registered addresses, by inputting the name of a doctor and "egazette" (the English name of the Gazette on the Internet).

Dr. KK Kwok asked a question in Legco meeting formally to the government about the matter in 2006.

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200611/01/P200611010173.htm (English)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200611/01/P200611010170.htm (Chinese)

In short, according to the law, Medical Registration Ordinance (Cap 161), a registered medical practitioner is required to supply the Registrar of Medical Practitioners (the Registrar) with a registered address at which notices from the Medical Council may be served on him. The MR Ordinance also provides that as soon as may be after January 1 of every year, the Registrar shall publish in the Gazette a list of all persons whose names appear on Part I and Part III of the General Register on January 1 and the list shall contain the names, addresses, qualifications and dates of the qualifications of these persons. In addition, as soon as may be after July 1 of every year, the Registrar shall publish in the Gazette a list of the above-stated information of all persons whose names were added to Part I and Part III of the General Register between January 1 and July 1 of such year.

https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap161!en-zh-Hant-HK?INDEX_CS=N

Regards,
Pierre

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