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Govt showcases tech solutions

At the second edition of the InnoEX which started today, over 100 technology solutions, including those developed by government departments, are being showcased at the Smart Hong Kong Pavilion set up by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO).   Through interactive experiences and live demonstrations, the pavilion displays the fruitful achievements in advancing the development of innovation and technology (I&T) and smart city in Hong Kong brought about by the concerted efforts of the Government and various sectors, the OGCIO said.   Financial Secretary Paul Chan and Secretary for Innovation, Technology & Industry Professor Sun Dong visited the pavilion today. They were briefed by Government Chief Information Officer Tony Wong on how the OGCIO promotes the active adoption of I&T among government departments and works in collaboration with the local I&T sector to put forward innovative solutions, with a view to empowering public services wit

Hawker teams to use body cameras

The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department’s District Hawker Control Teams will gradually start using Body Worn Video Cameras (BWVCs) from tomorrow, based on the actual need and circumstances.   The department said the move is aimed at assisting frontline staff in carrying out their duties more effectively and to safeguard the safety of the public and staff.   It has been striving to regulate hawking activities and combat shops illegally extending their business area, with a view to reducing the nuisance and obstruction caused by illegal hawking activities and shop front extensions through taking enforcement action.   Hawker Control Officers (HCOs) in districts will be equipped with BWVCs gradually in July to record the on-site situation when necessary during their execution of duties, which will enhance the capability and accuracy in gathering evidence and provide useful information for future investigation work.   When discharging their duties, HCOs will wear the cameras conspicuously and use them in an open and transparent manner. When HCOs encounter unexpected or conflicting incidents and consider it necessary to record the situation, they will, where reasonably practicable, notify the people concerned prior to starting recording to safeguard public and staff safety as well as reducing risks at work.   Making reference to the experience of relevant law enforcement departments in the use of BWVCs, the department has formulated clear enforcement guidelines and provided training for frontline staff.   When handling relevant footage, the department will ensure that it is in compliance with the regulations of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. Footage carrying no investigative or evidential value or constituting no other legitimate purpose will be deleted after 31 days from the date it was recorded to ensure that no excessive personal data will be kept.

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