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Conducting social media screening on a candidate is becoming an increasingly common practice in the hiring process. Despite the common perception that data in the public domain can be used freely, using data from a job applicant’s social media account may not always be consistent with the current data protection laws in Hong Kong. In […]

Employers’ Duties Under the Hong Kong National Security Law from a Data Privacy Perspective

Effective June 30, 2020, the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the ‘NSL’), has raised data privacy concerns for businesses operating in the city. Article 43 out of 66 has attracted a lot of attention due to the wide-ranging powers it provides to […]

Hong Kong Issues EU Data Privacy Law Guidance on the Upcoming GDPR

The Hong Kong Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data recently published compliance guidance on the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which examines the extra-territorial effect on Hong Kong companies. This includes those that have establishments in the European Union (EU), those that offer goods and services in the EU and those that […]

Major Credit Agency Passes Test of Privacy Commissioner But Deficiencies Noted

Untitled Document In Hong Kong, the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data recently exercised his rights under Section 36 of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance and conducted an inspection of the data system of TransUnion Limited, Hong Kong’s major credit reference agency. While the inspection did not reveal any major data breaches or issues, the Commissioner […]

Hong Kong Introduces a New Personal Data (Privacy) Amendment Bill

The Personal Data (Privacy) Amendment Bill (the “Bill”) was introduced into the Legislative Council on 13 July 2011. The Bill is the culmination of a lengthy consultation process into the reform of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) which commenced in 2009. The Bill aims to bring the Ordinance in line with technological and […]

Big Changes Ahead for Companies Handling Personal Data

On 8 July 2011, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region published the Personal Data (Privacy) Amendment Bill 2011 (the “Bill”) in the Government Gazette. This marks the beginning of the Bill’s passage through the Legislative Council (“LegCo”). The Bill amends the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“PDPO”), which has remained unchanged since it […]

Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner Publishes Guidance on the Handling of Data Access Requests and the Charging of Access Fees

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data recently issued a guidance note to provide data users with assistance on how to comply with data access requests, as well as how to calculate the fees to be charged in connection with such Access Requests. The Guidance Note was in part a response to the increasing […]


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