First doxxing conviction meted out


A court here has handed down the city’s first doxxing conviction 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 yesterday by Shatin Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to seven doxxing charges, the city’s privacy commissioner said in a statement.

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

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

Ho doxxed his ex-girlfriend after the end of their relationship, disclosing her personal details online. — AFP

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