This is the hottest topic in Hong Kong and overseas Chinese communities at the moment, occupying front pages for many days in newspapers, countless hours of airwaves, and pages and pages of forums and chat-rooms.
Discussions have revolved around questions such as: Are the photos real? Who posted them on the Internet? How were the photos obtained? Who took the pictures in the first place? Is it a violation of the law to download them? To keep them? To send them to friends? Is the police being selective/too harsh in law enforcement? Will someone get sued for damages? Will someone lose jobs or contracts? ...
It is a very useful object lesson on privacy and the use of the Internet, in terms of both etiquette and legality. It is increasing tremendously public awareness and knowledge on these important issues. It can only help the Hong Kong community to become more mature as Web citizens. In this sense it is very useful.
But there is one issue that have not been discussed as much as it deserves, in my opinion. What does it say about the morals (or the lack of it) of the young people of Hong Kong? Is it true that anything is OK between consenting adults behind closed doors? Is there really no right and wrong and proper behaviour? Do people not need to take responsibility for their conduct? If those photos were not posted on the Internet, then it was OK?