This has been a big story here, with additional complications like there being a handover to a new Privacy Commissioner in the middle (end of 5-year term),,,
@JaitcH - I don't see an East/West difference here, HK's privacy law is trailing Europe's (but this incident will make a difference in the current review of the law) but I wouldn't be surprised if a Western executive behaved similarly - to similar public outcry. Octopus doesn't seem to have broken the law, and there are alternatives to giving your personal info: The incident involves the data of 1.97 million who either signed up to the "Octopus Rewards" scheme, or got a "Personal Octopus" card that refills from your bank account automatically when empty, both involved agreements with Terms and Conditions (that the Privacy Commissioner noted you needed a magnifying glass to read). The other ~15million Octopus cards are not linked to personal data.
@Ian Michael Gumby - well, it would be about HK$22 each, but do you treat all the victims equally? Some of the revenue was per signup for insurance.
@Graham Bartlett - You wish. Now, take a cold shower & lie down...
@Mike Moyle - Don't know, but, a year later, do they note their lower profits (due to adverse public opinion) in their accounts and consequently donate less to charity?
Mine's the one with the anonymous Octopus in the pocket.