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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

CE launches Policy Address sessions

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today held the first consultation session on the 2021 Policy Address to listen to stakeholders’ views on the upcoming address in respect of health technology.   More than 30 stakeholders attended the session, including a legislator, a university president and scientists, and representatives from a medicine faculty, scientific research institutions, private hospitals and venture capital funds.   There were also stakeholders from the Hospital Authority, the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation and Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing.   Mrs Lam said after the two-hour consultation session that she had held very meaningful exchanges of views with the stakeholders.   She pointed out that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has all along been pressing ahead with the development of innovation and technology (I&T) in the city, with innovative healthcare and health technology being one of the focus areas.   Mrs Lam noted that the COVID-19 anti-epidemic work has highlighted the importance of I&T application and that health technology should be widely used in society to meet the various challenges arising from the ageing population.   She added that Hong Kong has good prospects in developing health technology and exploring the immense business opportunities.   The Chief Executive thanked the stakeholders for their participation and views, adding that she would consider in full their opinions when formulating the Policy Address.   The session was also attended by Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit, Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan, Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Christopher Hui, and other officials.   Mrs Lam will hold some 30 consultation sessions in the coming two months via face-to-face or video conferencing.    She will also meet specific groups and representatives as well as members of the public to listen to their views on various topics.
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