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The United Daily News (聯合新聞) 1-3-2017 <Where's Taiwan's medical ethics ?>

      Leaking patients' medical records is a normal social behaviour in Taiwan -  In Taiwan, journalists are not used to respect patients' privacy... our hospitals' members do not know very clearly the principle of protecting patients' privacy...(by Dr. Huang D.F., president of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center, 黃達夫)

 Apple Daily  (蘋果日報  ) headline news 5-12-2017
         
Terrible !  Taiwan's government system was hacked,  .17 billion pieces of personal data were lost, all Taiwanese people's privacy data can be seen without protection.  

The US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013, released at Feb. 27, 2014

Some legal experts and politicians alleged the Ministry of Justice was not sufficiently independent, claiming that ministry authorities conducted politically motivated investigations of politicians.

Taiwanese authorities illegally wiretapped lawmakers of both the ruling Kuomintang and the DPP during an investigation that led to a KMT attempt to revoke Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) party membership.  The high-profile case of Wang's alleged intervention in a legal case on behalf of opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).


 <Yonghap, South Korean news agency>, Korea, Feb. 26, 2015, <United Daily>, <Liberty Times>,Taiwan, Feb. 27, 2015:
     
 
Anti-adultery law only exits in Taiwan, N. Korea, and Muslim (Islam) etc few countries.
        CNN,
2-26-2015  ... each individual to have their rights to choose their fate," the court ruled, saying that one's sex life is private. "And the rights to choose their fate includes rights to be engaged in sex and choosing the partner."     
    
   BBC, 2-26-2015 ... Korea abolished a 62-year-old Anti-adultery law,...offended people's privacy and freedom... (韓法官:认定通奸处罚已违反比例原则,同时侵害民众隐私与自由。)


 Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2013
 
 "Wiretapping, China Policy Fuel Taiwan Protesters' Discontent"
As with Edward Snowden’s revelation of extensive wiretapping in the U.S., the incident has raised fears of state invasion of privacy in Taiwan. It has also stirred up bitter memories of the island’s era of martial law under the KMT that lasted from 1949 until 1987, during which dissent was not tolerated.
        human rights in Taipei 101... click for details.


Apple Daily, Taiwan, 1.11.2014, headline news

     
police Taiwan police monitor all Taiwanese

pic. above: Taiwan police monitor (surveillance) all Taiwanese people, <Apple Daily> head-page headline news, Jan. 11, 2014

State Enemy : Taiwan police & public institutions
pic. above: Who is "Enemy of State"?  (ans: Taiwan police and public institutions), <Apple Daily > editorial, opinion Jan. 11, 2014


pic. above: Police should not collect info. of all Taiwanese passed by <Apple Daily>, 1.2014

 

 

 ... A <Enemy of the State> drama currently showing in Taiwan, completely reveals Taiwan's public institutions knowing nothing about Taiwanese privacy protection and the spirits of the law...  Now days our national machine can easily collect/gather our personal privacy information in the name of national security... quite lots of people said only bad guys scare being monitored, even it's an illegal action  ―  What's the problem of Taiwanese legal education ?

BBC (UK), Sept. 28, 2013,   The Apple Daily,  the Liberty Times,  Sept. 29, 2013
 
Taiwan's
parliament (namely, Legislative Yuan, or say The House of Lords + The House of Commons) switchboard has been listened (wiretapped) for 3-4 months (特偵監聽國會總機).


The Liberty Times, Taiwan  Sept. 25, 2013

1/4 Taiwanese people (6 million) are being listened
pic. above:  1/4 Taiwanese people (6 million persons) are being listened by Taiwan's government per year, conservative estimated by the field of justice/laws (Judicial Yuan communications surveillance statistics).

The number of permission to listen Taiwanese issued by the court is actually about the same as that in USA, but the population of Taiwan ( 23 million ) is only about 1/10 of Americans... 


<The Liberty Times>, Taiwan, 1.13.2014   林鈺雄 Dr. Lin, NTU professor
Taiwan turns to a "privacy hell" because prosecutors and police abuse the right/power of retrieval of Taiwanese communication records... Taiwan's police access the most number of Taiwanese communication records (nearly 80% occupied)... Taiwan's total number of retrieval equals more than 200 times the number of records-retrieval in Germany ...  Taiwan's prosecutors (or even police , investigation units) by themselves approve and issue approval of application for retrieval of communication records, without Taiwan judges' objective approval......   Taiwan's prosecutors and police want it quick and energy-saving, judges want to get rid of burden, so, Taiwan's constitution and Taiwanese human rights are not their concerns eventually?......


★  <Apple Daily News>, 1.14.2014
 Taiwan's Court hard to control abusing of power by prosecutors & police (法院難管檢警濫權」author:  錢建榮, Taiwan's court judge)
Taiwan's prosecutors and police do wiretapping by using serious crime felony to cover up misdemeanors(重罪掩飾輕罪監聽), Taiwan's judges don't question their evidences/proofs...... the biggest problem is we don't have full-duty prosecutor's order court ( 專責的「強制處分專庭」), judges take turns to do the job, and don't care too much about those application for prosecutor's order... Taiwan's judiciary practice makes no difference between "judge for investigation" and "judge for judgment"... so Taiwan's Judiciary Yuan fails to reach the basic :
to evade/side step the issue of dividing applications (「分案迴避」), e.g.,   those judges during investigation proceedings approve detention of accused, will they think the accused is innocent during judiciary proceedings? .... Taiwan judges fail to reach the goal of professional quality and neutrality ...!wiretapping harms the most Taiwanese privacy, but till now Taiwan fails to send a formal notice to those people being listened... Taiwanese people won't know being listened until they were prosecuted, as for those people not being indicted, they will never know about this ....  Taiwanese people can not do anything about this nation's most serious - mandatory punishment, no one can help them, they are rejected by Taiwan's judiciary systems...


★ <Apple Daily News> 1.15.2014

Taiwan's Legislature passed wiretap restrictions yesterday, but vice secretary general of the Judicial Reform Foundation expressed that this amendment works nothing for Taiwanese privacy protection in advance and remedy afterwards (該修正案對人民隱私權的事先保障與事後救濟都是空的), Taiwan should learn "four-eyes-principle" (sync. wiretapping by prosecutors and police with judge's approval together with telephone-service staff inside the machinery/equipment room, Chinese namely "同步監聽") of USA or Japan, Taiwan's current way to do it seriously harms Taiwanese privacy.


★ <Apple Daily News> 1.16.2014 editorial
The legislature yesterday approved revisions to the Communication Security and Surveillance Act (通訊保障及監察法) to toughen the rules governing the use of wiretaps... previously, the prosecutors may keep listening someone even the legal case had already been closed, or the prosecutors may wiretap on a specific person and by the way listen other people in the same case... all these show their (prosecutors, police, investigation units) attitude of abusing power & playing the law.  This amendments immediately led to a rebound (opposition) by Taiwan's prosecutors, police, and investigation units...The Judicial Reform Foundation expressed : Taiwan's judiciary has not made any progress at all unless they avoid wiretapping mistakes by abolishing the watching center or attaching it to or under certain authority remaining neutral, and not allow accessing communication records unless they got the judges' approval...


The China Post, The Taipei Times, United Daily News, The Liberty Times,  Dec. 10, 2013
The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) released its survey rpt., saying Communication privacy and freedom dropped from 3.5 points in 2011 to 2.4 points this year. (it's a worst ever "F" score,  according to rating range 0.0 ~ 5.0)


Apple Daily,  Sept. 27, 2013


pic. above: Ridiculous (absurd)! a 12 years old kid (girl) was listened.  Media etc question government's abuse listening rights harms Taiwanese privacy ... 

The US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012, released at April 19, 2013

In addition to Taiwan's principal human rights problems  judicial corruption and violence against women and children,  the report also said there seemed to be discrimination, including in work environments, against people with HIV/AIDS.


Washington Post, Sept. 12, 2013, and other media in China, Japan, etc
Taiwan ruling party hit by scandal, rifts, anger over wiretapping
Recent allegations of influence peddling by Taiwanese politicians, driven in part by investigators' wiretaps of one lawmaker's cell phone conversations, have stirred fear and paranoia among some political leaders.


<CNA>, <ftv>, <TVBS>,etc,  Aug. 4 & 6, 2013

Victim(tragic death of young Corporal Hung) Hung's families suspiciously have been listened, harassed..., Hung's mother looks for government's help to protect them.  The Department of Defense (army):  the ministry had not authorized any such monitoring .
Taiwan's police : they can only check eavesdropping, but fail to check "monitoring".


CNN, Washington Post, MSN Foxsports, ESPN (USA),
      AFP(France)
, Taiwanese media, etc,  Feb. 20, 2012

 New York Knicks' Taiwanese American point guard J. Lin (Linsanity) asks Taiwanese media to leave his relatives alone. 

“The special request I have is for the media back in Taiwan to give (my family) space, because they can't even go to work without being bombarded, without people following them...I want people to respect their privacy.

      Lin's grandmother (85 years old), as well as other extended family members live in the Taipei region.

Pic. right : This webpage ranking No.1 (higher than Knicks J. Lin's news) on Google at Feb. 22, 2012

Taiwanese privacy, J. Lin Knicks

monitor privacy  On Aug. 13, 2013 (around 5:10~5:40pm), my cell phone (new) on OFF status was turned on automatically in Taipei's Daan Park. If the latest tech. can do this,  Taiwan  suspiciously did evil thing to its citizen again.
Officials in Taipei City Hall replied that Samsung  com. should clarify this problem.  /
above is website owner's experience


<United Daily News> Taiwan, Dec. 1, 2012

Although Taiwan keeps announcing it's a "Human Rights" country, experts question that till now Taiwan is still one among very few nations (7-8 nations, most of them are communist countries, red China not included) refuses AIDS foreigners enter (e.g., Magic Johnson, a NBA star), and monitors AIDS people by nation's machine for a long term, Taiwan does not care about human rights ...

<Liberty Times>, Yahoo news taiwan, etc , Oct. 1,  2012

"The people have the freedom from fear!"
the Wu Zhaohan (吳兆漢) case confirmed that illegal eavesdropping  indeed has been existing in Taiwan, the severity degree is about same as American's Watergate case , ... not be able to eliminate Taiwanese people's worries,...,...

Both pan-blue and pan-green Legislators pointed out illegal eavesdropping Taiwanese people (or even in the name of  "state secrets" ) can not be accepted, ...
 "This is exactly what Taiwanese people most worried about for a long time!"...  the concerns of the people has not eliminated; ...
In the past 4 years Taiwanese government's (or KMT's) illegal eavesdropping were from bad to worse, not only legislators feel insecure, but also  the DPP President candidate Tsai Ing-wen (during last year's presidential election)'s campaign schedules (蔡英文多次被掌握行蹤
) repeatedly were known by KMT , which proved KMT administration has never stopped this illegal eavesdropping, surveillance behavior......
ps: ref. google translation
 


<AFP>, France, Dec. 1, 2011; <Yahoo> UK & Ireland, Dec 1, 2011 ;<Bangkok Post>(Thailand), Dec. 3, 2011

The running mate of Taiwan opposition presidential candidate James Soong claimed Thursday he had come under attack from "electromagnetic waves" launched by a local intelligence unit. Dr. Lin Ruey-shiung(running mate): "If I hadn't quickly moved out (of my home), I would have lost my mind," Lin Ruey-shiung told reporters, alleging that the "attack" by the National Security Bureau started on September 20 outside his home and lasted three days.

The highly secretive bureau was not immediately available for comment.  (ps: Taiwan’s“The National Security Bureau": ... has not owned the alleged technologies, nor have we used equipment to harass the alleged targeted person”Dec. 6, 2011 Yahoo news) 
ps: all Taiwan's media reported this matter.


<Apple Daily News>,  Taiwan,   Editorial : "Internet murders Taiwanese privacy ", Mar. 8, 2012

 (1) In the past decade, Taiwanese girls/women's nude photo or/and sex video have been posted on the net by their boy-friends or/and sexual partners, this has become a very common phenomenon...  Those victims' bosses or companies in the future can get their privacy/records on the net.
 (2)
Some dangers against Taiwanese human rights happened on the net just like Red China's cultural-revolution style public trial, e.g., some Taiwanese people posted a video to trigger viewers'/readers' angers and discussion, then a public trial and punishments follows, this sort of verdict of public critics in a civilized society ruins Taiwan's legal system and really against Taiwanese human rights.


<Taiwan News>, Dec. 5, 2012  "Taiwan's human rights get thumbs-down in poll" !
More than 40 percent (43.4%) of the respondents in an annual survey rated Taiwan's overall performance in human rights protection this year as either “bad” or “very bad,” the Taipei-based Chinese Association for Human Rights said yesterday.
ps:
<Liberty Times> :  only 38 percent of Taiwanese held positive views on Taiwan's human rights of this year, which is far worse than 57 percent of last year...

<Apple Daily News>,  Taiwan,   Dec. 5, 2012
Acording to "2012 Taiwanese Human Rights index survey" (conducted by 中華人權協會), 17.9% Taiwanese think Taiwan's overall human rights in progress, 36% think it is in retreat, 25.8% Taiwanese think Taiwan's political human rights in retreat, 17.1% think it is in progress, 38.4% Taiwanese think Taiwan's judiciary human rights in retreat, 13.1% think it is in progress.

<Apple Daily News>, <the China Times>, Taiwan  Feb. 5, 2012 

Dr. Lin : Still under attack from "electromagnetic waves"

<Apple Daily>:  National Taiwan University professor Lin Ruey-shiung expressed in Video Land TV yesterday that Taiwan's presidential election already passed 3 weeks, but I still feel  "electromagnetic waves" in my home, Taiwan's government should not do that to me anymore ... ( Chinese article:「選後至今已3周,但我回淡水老家,仍感到電磁波干擾,都選完了,我沒威脅性啊,馬政府不應再針對我。」)

<the China Times> :  reported about the same as above (Chinese article: 「都選完了,不應該再針對我,如果是屬下疏忽忘記移除儀器,那請快移除,但如果是刻意干擾,我沒威脅性啊!可以撤掉了啦!」 )
ps: <the China Times> of Dec. 2, 2011: Dr. Lin expressed he has "document" evidence to prove to be under attack from
 "electromagnetic waves", and will show doc. to public after the election.  ―    But, till now Feb. 7, 2012 he didn't do it.

<Washington Post>, January 3, 2012; <Associated Press>

Taiwan presidential race darkened by charges of intelligence service monitoring of challenger.

Taiwan’s presidential campaign has taken a dark turn, with the opposition challenger accusing intelligence services under the control of incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou of tracking her campaign events for political advantage.  The allegations — unproven and denied by Ma — conjure up memories of Taiwan’s unsavory one-party past, when Ma’s party, the Nationalists, used their total control of the state apparatus to persecute opponents. While the island has since morphed into one of Asia’s most dynamic democracies, many senior civil servants may still believe that serving the top political echelon involves cutting corners.

   TVBS    Sept. 3, 2010

  JET  TV,  Oct. 22, 2011  4:50~5:00pm 

       ▼  Now days political listening is done by "decode" (deciper) way, different from those by "lines" in earlier days...
       ▼
 It is more difficult to eavesdrop communication by Skype phones, but still can be done.
       ▼
 Some DPP politicians use "special" cell phones instead to protect themselves...

 <the China Times>  (中時電子報)    2011-02-15    02:33

      Some officials of the Coast Guard Administration, and Taiwan's police with logon permission illegally searched and sold out Taiwanese personal data.

 


google No.1  "Taiwanese Privacy",  tested at 1-1-2017, Jan. 11, 2015, June 7, 2014, Sept. 27, 2013, Dec. 4, 2012, Jan. 11, 2012 & Mar-April 2011

   

 Feb. 15, 2011  News MUCH TV (年代新聞) 7:50am, FTV (民視) 8:20am, etc

      The Coast Guard Administration of Taiwan sold personal data for NT3000~8000 each.

  Nov. 17, 2011    <Apple Daily News>

Apple Daily's <壹周刊> 溫惠敏

 Taipei Court house

The reporter does not know she had been listened by Taiwan's government (國安局) for nearly a year (Feb. 2008 ~ Jan. 2009), until Taiwan's supreme court noticed that by official document .   The reporter declared government can not prove she harmed national security (she reported former president Chen's news), but they harmed freedom of press & personal privacy, it's a sort of "white terror".  She will bring a further sue on this legal case.

In spite of violating personal privacy, but it's not illegal.

<the Liberty times>, Feb 22, 2009  

      Taiwan collects citizens' data without any regulation

     (1) <Computer-processed Personal Data Protection Law> has not been modified to a good version for a long time.

     (2) Taiwanese privacy status just like <1984> ( a world famous literature ).


<the Liberty times>  A3 edition ,       March 10, 2009

      No privacy at all ! who should take the responsibility of taking care of Taiwanese privacy? ("隱私全都露 , 民眾權益誰來顧?",   "擴權查個資, 國外也罕見")

<the China Times> , politics edition   Sept. 29, 2009         "Taiwan's telephone wiretapping increases  ...", "It's too much !"

  <the China Times> Oct. 18, 2007 

       (1) Almost all members of Legislative Yuan (about same as US's Congressmen / Senators) and Parliament leader think they were eavesdropped in the past 7 years ... But no one other than the government has the right to investigate and prove ...

      (2) Taiwan's People 're watched by "secret-camera" , Taiwan becomes a "Police State" ... 

     

  <Keelung District Prosecutors Office>(基隆地檢政風室)  March 24, 2008   &     www.rsea.gov.tw  (Mar.)

      Media reported 5 largest bank employee sell clients' personal data, this led to 1/2 Taiwanese personal data be in unsafe situation ...


No.1  ranking status by Chinese keyword  "Taiwanese Privacy", tests at June 9, 2014,  Sept. 27, 2013, April 29, 2011


   

   

     The list (owner of Platinum card, or USD 300000 banking account, or BMW/Benz  ) is on sales, everyone in Taiwan feels in danger.

        the list goes to erotic business as well.

      ◎  the list also includes parents of 'noble' school kids and expensive jewel buyers.

   

 (total population about 23,000,000 )

   ZDnet  2009/11/18 19:38:02  

       Police said Yahoo Kimo and PChome leak out at least 100 personal data per week ...


<United daily News sys - Min Sen Daily>  
July 17, 1995 

       Too much listening violated again and again Taiwanese privacy, all of us can be transparent...

7,000,000 Taiwanese (total population 23,000,000 ) person in time  are being listened
pic.  7,000,000 Taiwanese (total population 23,000,000 ) person in time  are being listened, Apple daily News , Jun. 30, '03 (ps: some gov. denied)

ps At Sept. 4, 2012, my cell phone was turned on automatically somewhere between a park behind SOGO dept. store and a watch shop in Fu-Xing N/S Rd. , if Taiwan's government has this modern tech., Taiwanese government is suspected to do so.  
 
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