7.1 Liang Jianhui, the suspect in the assassination case, served as the procurement director at Vitasoy before his death. An employee of Vitasoy International Group Co., Ltd. recently told Position News that the company requires employees to sign a “personal data processing consent form”, agreeing to the company to collect personal and family member information from employees, including work history, associations Membership qualifications, associations with various institutions, etc.; at the same time, it is stated that if required by law enforcement agencies, they will be truthfully disclosed to them. The document also mentions that if employees do not provide information, “the company may not be able to perform the contracts signed with employees (such as payment of salaries)” and so on. Some employees who have worked for Vitasoy for more than ten years said that the incident has made colleagues panic.
The Director-General of the Trade Union Union Meng Zhaoda said that few companies have so demanded the personal information of their employees in the past, and it is inevitable that it is suspected to be related to the 7.1 assassination case. Meng also suspects that if the company collects employee information excessively, it may have the opportunity to violate the privacy regulations. He also mentioned that if the company requires employees to provide relevant information on the membership of the association, for example, it requires employees to explain whether they have participated in the labor union as a condition of employment. It will also violate the provisions of the Employment Ordinance to prevent discrimination against trade unions.
“Stance News” contacted Vitasoy International Group Co., Ltd. and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data about the incident. The Vitasoy Group emphasized that the company has been handling the personal data of its employees with care and prudence. It pointed out that the company’s system has been updated electronically recently, so it is necessary to confirm with employees to transfer their personal data to the new system. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner mentioned that, in general, the information collected by employers must be “realistically needed but not excessive.” (Detailed coverage）
Employees: Never been asked to sign similar documents to understand the purpose of collecting family information
Mr. Chen (pseudonym), who has worked for the Vitasoy Group for more than ten years, told Position News that his boss distributed a document to colleagues in the group in mid-August, referring to the need to “update information” and “add labor at the same time.” Regarding, everyone is required to sign. As can be seen from the screenshot provided by Mr. Chen, the document is divided into two parts, one is the “Personal Data Processing Consent” and the other is the detailed rules for updating the employee’s personal data policy. Mr. Chen has been working for many years and has never been asked to sign similar documents. He is surprised by the request of his superiors.
Mr. Chen then read the documents carefully and found that the documents require employees’ consent. The company can collect personal data from employees and “specified family members”, including their work history, past employment records, background checks, membership of the association, and contacts with various organizations. Association etc. The article also pointed out that the information collected by the company can be used to comply with the requirements and orders of the government, regulatory agencies and law enforcement agencies, that is, if the court, the police, etc. request the company, the company can disclose relevant information, regardless of whether the relevant department is within or outside the country.
Mr. Chen said that he was puzzled by the relevant provisions, and he did not understand why the company required to collect family members’ information. “I work by myself, but I don’t work for a housing company. And the family stripped the pigs.” He went on. Questioned, the company did not send someone to explain the contents of the document in detail to the employees, such as requesting to provide “association with various organizations”. What organization does it refer to? Mr. Chen can only estimate that it is any activity that he has participated in. It may even be necessary to provide volunteers for any organization he has worked for.
Failing to provide information or failing to “pay out” employees worry about privacy leaks and loss of jobs
Another employee, Mr. Li (pseudonym) who has also worked in the Vitasoy Group for more than ten years, also revealed to Position News that he received the same document via company email, and the email asked him to sign and return it before mid-September. document. Mr. Li said that the document clearly stated the “consequences” that would occur if employees did not provide personal information to the company, meaning that “the company may not be able to perform the contract signed with the employee (such as paying salaries or providing benefits), or the company may not be able to perform its legal requirements. Obligations (such as ensuring the health and safety of colleagues)”.
The document states that when required or permitted by law, the company can process employees’ personal data in accordance with this policy, “without notifying employees or obtaining employee consent.” Mr. Li bluntly said that the company is creating white terror. If he signs, he is worried that his personal privacy will be leaked, but if he does not sign, he is afraid that his job will not be guaranteed. He described that some colleagues, under the “intimidation” and guidance of their superiors, signed and returned the documents on the same day.
Trade unions: or violate the “Privacy Ordinance”, “Prevention of Discrimination against Trade Unions Regulations”
Meng Zhaoda, director general of the Trade Union Union, mentioned in the inquiry of Position News that the use of personal data of employees should be regulated by companies. Generally, companies only collect the emergency contact information of employees, and there is no need to collect it. Personal details of the employee’s family. It is alleged that this is suspected to be an excessive collection of employee information and an infringement of personal privacy of employees. It has the opportunity to violate the privacy regulations because the company excessively collects information that is not related to employment arrangements.
In addition, the document mentioned that if you do not provide personal information as required, you may fail to perform the contract. It is criticized as a brutal saying, “It seems to use a job to threaten to sell yourself and bury your family’s personal privacy. That’s it. The practice is so outrageous.”
Meng Zhaoda also stated that if the company requires employees to provide relevant information about membership of the association, for example, it requires employees to confess whether they have participated in the union as a condition of employment. Disadvantages?” This also has the opportunity to contradict the provisions of the Employment Ordinance to prevent discrimination against trade unions.
7.1 The suspect in the assassination case was the Vitasoy Workers Union before his death:InevitableSuspiciously related
Meng Zhaoda again pointed out that in the past few companies have so demanded the personal data of their employees. The Vitasoy Group’s practice is rare and it is inevitable that it is suspected of being connected to the 7.1 assassination case. However, Mongolia believes that companies should not “do the work of burying law enforcement agencies.” They believe that if law enforcement agencies want to search for evidence and investigate criminal cases, they naturally have their legal basis and requirements, and companies do not need to act on their behalf.
The suspect in the assassination case, Liang Jianhui, who was subsequently assassinated, was the purchasing director of the Vitasoy Group before his death. Many media have reported that Liang briefly served as a part-time data officer for the ceased publication of the “Apple Daily” more than a decade ago for several months.
One day after the assassination case, an internal notice from the Vitasoy company leaked out, saying that Liang Jianhui had “unfortunately passed away” and “to extend my deepest condolences to Jianhui’s family”, and was later criticized by Chinese netizens for sheltering “black violence.” “. Vitasoy later issued a statement stating that the company’s internal documents circulated earlier were not authorized or approved in accordance with procedures, and should not be released or made public. It also said that it “severely condemns acts of violence and undermining Hong Kong’s social stability.” (Detailed coverage）