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We once attended an exhibition organised by the HKTDC. We had to give our personal details to attend. Seems they added us to their mail-out database, and now we receive their news releases.
OFTA regulates unsolicited marketing in Hong Kong, and set up this antispam website to help inform the public. The legislation requires, essentially, that electronic direct marketing be an ‘opt-in’ facility, and that all correspondence contains a facility to unsubscribe. Seems reasonable and civilised enough?
Well, the email from the HKTDC was in Chinese (see here), which we can’t read, so we needed to translate it (we used Google Translate). There was no unsubscribe facility. This is a poor showing from the HKTDC, whose chairman is appointed by the Chief Executive. But… why are we not surprised?
Since the Japanese earthquake on Friday 11th March 2011 (two days ago) we have noticed a very bad connection to some websites from Hong Kong. This seems to be to mostly US-based servers, such as Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, and PlayStation Network.
A brief search on Twitter (that took a long time to load!) showed that scores of people have noted the issue with Netvigator broadband, which is still no better on Sunday 13th March evening.