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Vengeful ex becomes first in Hong Kong convicted of doxxing

/ 04:15 PM October 06, 2022
A Hong Kong court has handed down the city's first doxxing conviction against a man who set up multiple fake profiles imitating an ex-lover.

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Hong Kong, China — A Hong Kong court handed down the city’s first doxxing conviction on Wednesday against a man who set up multiple fake profiles impersonating a former lover and encouraging others to harass her.

Ho Muk-wah, 27, was convicted by Shatin Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to seven doxxing charges, the city’s privacy commissioner said in a statement.

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Hong Kong introduced laws criminalizing doxxing – the non-consensual disclosure of others’ personal data –in the aftermath of 2019’s huge and sometimes violent democracy protests.

READ: Hong Kong begins talks on controversial ‘anti-doxxing’ privacy bill

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Police, officials, and democracy supporters had their personal details published online by opponents during the unrest.

Wednesday’s precedent-setting conviction had no political element.

According to Hong Kong’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Ho doxxed his ex-girlfriend after the end of their “short relationship.”

He disclosed online her personal details – including telephone numbers and address – and opened up three accounts impersonating his victim on social media and “welcomed others to visit her.”

“Many strangers later contacted the complainant and tried to get acquainted with her,” the privacy commissioner said.

Ho’s sentence will be handed down on December 15. He faces a maximum of two years in prison and a fine of up to HK$100,000 ($12,700).

When Hong Kong published its anti-doxxing law in September 2021, many leading tech companies –including Facebook, Google and Twitter – warned its wording was “disproportionate and unnecessary” and could be used to curtail free expression.

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