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Commissioner Raises Concerns About Amendment Bill

PRIVACY LAW—HONG KONG

May 4, 2012

Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang has expressed concerns about specific language in the Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Bill 2011, according to a press release. Chiang's concerns "are predominantly related to the regulation of the use of personal data for direct marketing and transfer/sale to third parties." Additional concerns expressed by Chiang include the commencement date pertaining to a grandfathering arrangement; written and oral indication of no objection, and tracing the source of personal data. "I have repeatedly urged the administration to confer on the data subjects a right to be informed of the source of their personal data by direct marketers, but to no avail," Chiang said. "I urge the administration to favorably reconsider the proposal."
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