TRA cans auctions of lost electronic goods
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said recently that it will no longer auction out unclaimed lost electronic products so as to avoid possible leaking of the personal information contained in these devices.
January 22, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The TRA said that in order to observe the newly enforced Personal Information Protection Act, it will destroy lost electronic products such as notebook computers, cellphones or cameras if no one claims them within a year.
Previously, the TRA would announce the finding of lost property online. If no one claimed the item within a year, the TRA would then hold auctions. The auctions were popular as the items sold often carried expensive original prices.
Since the Act took effect last year, the TRA asked all train stations to cease holding auctions as the items may contain private information, an official said.
According to Chiayi train station's statistics, the station found 3,000 cellphones in three years. Cellphones were the most common lost property. The TRA said passengers often forget their phones in the pockets situated in front of their seats, on armrests or near the windows. The TRA said if they find a cellphone they try to contact the owner of the phone by checking the recent calls record — a method which enjoys some degree of success.
As for items like cameras, which are considered more sensitive to issues of privacy, the TRA will hand the cameras to railway police who will then announce the finding publicly for a one-year period. After this period officials will destroy the items, the TRA said.