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Recent Case Law on Doxxing

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Doxxing, the extensive leaking of personal information and cyber-bullying on the internet and various social and other media, was widespread during the public unrest in Hong Kong in 2019. The Court of First Instance granted injunctions restraining doxxing against judges, judicial officers, police officers and their family members. The Secretary for Justice brought committal proceedings against individuals who breached the injunctions. The Court has now handed down a number of sentences, repeatedly stressing the importance of obeying court orders.

As at the first quarter of 2021, the Hong Kong Law Reports and Digest reported the following cases on doxxing:

Cases on injunctions restraining doxxing:

Junior Police Officers' Association of Hong Kong Police Force v Electoral Affairs Commission [2019] 5 HKLRD 291

Secretary for Justice v Persons Unlawfully and Wilfully Conducting Etc (1957/2019) [2019] 5 HKLRD 500

Secretary for Justice v Persons Unlawfully and Wilfully Conducting Etc (1847/2020) [2020] 5 HKLRD 638

Sentencing cases for civil contempt of court:

Secretary for Justice v Chan Oi Yau Riyo [2020] 3 HKLRD 494

Secretary for Justice v Cheng Lai King [2020] 5 HKLRD 356

Secretary for Justice v Chan Kin Chung [2021] 1 HKLRD 563

Secretary for Justice v Yiu Ka Yu [2021] 1 HKLRD 607

By Yuki Kong
Legal Editor

Yuki Kong is Legal Editor of Hong Kong Law Reports and Digest and Hong Kong Final Court of Appeal Reports. She is a qualified solicitor in Hong Kong and England and Wales.

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