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New Ordinance Will Change Privacy Landscape

PRIVACY LAW—HONG KONG

August 6, 2012

Following Hong Kong’s Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Ordinance (PDPAO) publication in the Government Gazette earlier this month, DLA Piper analyzes the key amendments that will be implemented in several phases, starting October 1. Key amendments of the PDPAO include the regulation of the use of personal data for direct marketing; regulation of third-party processors; new powers for the data protection authority to assist in civil actions and to verify data user returns’ accuracy, and new rules against unauthorized personal data disclosure and repeated violations of an enforcement notice. Provisions related to direct marketing and new regulatory powers are slated to go into effect in 2013. Editor’s Note: The Privacy Advisor recently caught up with Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang for a Q&A.
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