A male police officer lost a notebook containing the personal details of 49 people in Tin Shui Wai on Tuesday.

A police spokesperson said that they began searching places where the notebook could have been lost immediately after they received news of the matter, but – so far – it has not been found. The officer was a constable on a patrol unit in Tin Shui Wai, Ming Pao reported.

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The police are notifying those who have been affected and will conduct a risk assessment to determine whether they need to let the Privacy Commissioner know.

The police said that they have strict procedures governing the handling of documents and that they had launched an internal investigation. Anyone found to be in breach of the regulations would be severely punished, they said.

The police have asked that, if anyone finds the notebook, they should dial 999 immediately and hand it over to the nearest police station.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.