Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner Issues Guidance on Cross-Border Data Transfers
On 29 December, 2014, Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (the “Commissioner”) published a guidance note concerning the potential implementation of section 33 of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (the “PDPO”), which would restrict the export of personal data from Hong Kong.
There has been no official announcement that the Hong Kong government intends to bring the provision into force
The Commissioner’s view is that publication of his guidance will help businesses prepare for the eventual implementation of section 33 and that, in any event, businesses should comply with the guidance as a matter of their corporate governance responsibilities.
The Commissioner’s guidance may be found at:http://www.pcpd.org.hk/english/resources_centre/publications/guidance/files/GN_crossborder_e.pdf .