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Electric car supply key to transition

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The roadmap on the popularisation of electric vehicles to be announced next month will be a clear signal for car manufacturers and suppliers to prepare for the transition by increasing supply, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong said today.   At a press conference on the 2021-22 Budget initiatives this morning, Mr Wong pointed out that Hong Kong's target of phasing out conventional petrol private cars in 2035 or earlier was progressive.   “Regarding the phasing out of conventional private vehicles, our target is actually the most progressive in Asia, you have to understand that. And our target is that we would like to set the target of 2035 as the deadline.”   He noted that a good supply of electric vehicles in the private car industry will be a key factor during the transition.   "The meaning of that 2035 is to set a clear signal to car manufacturers and suppliers to Hong Kong th

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Fake websites, apps followed up

The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) today said it has referred all suspected fraudulent LeaveHomeSafe websites and mobile apps to Police for follow-up.   It said the fraudulent LeaveHomeSafe mobile app situation is running rampant, adding that making or using those fake apps may breach relevant laws.   While explanatory work on the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app will continue, the OGCIO reminded the public to discern fact from fiction and not to believe in fake and false information.   The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data also issued a press release on February 19 which confirmed that the app is in compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance's relevant requirements.   The OGCIO reiterated that the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app does not require registration for use and it does not have a tracking function. Venue check-in data will not be uploaded or transferred to the Government or any other systems, and is saved on users' mobile phones only.   Matching of users' check-in data and the issuing of health alerts will only be carried out within the app. Users' whereabouts will not be disclosed.   The app does not pose a risk to privacy, the OGCIO noted.   Given that the app has undergone and passed security risk assessment and auditing as well as privacy impact assessment conducted by independent third parties to ensure its compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, members of the public can feel at ease when using the app.   The OGCIO also reminded people that visiting or downloading websites or mobile apps of doubtful origin pose risks to cyber security and privacy. They should adopt proper information security measures and must not defy the law.
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