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PCPD Defends Restricting Company Data, Acknowledges Concerns

DATA PROTECTION—HONG KONG

January 17, 2013

Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang is defending his position after journalists called on the government to withdraw proposed changes that would make it more difficult to examine the backgrounds of company directors, reports China Daily. While Chiang called it unsatisfactory that company directors' information should be readily available, he also noted that the right to privacy is not absolute, adding, "If it is a matter of public interest, I don't see any reason not to grant (news activities) the exemption.” Wong Kwok-kin of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions called the approval of the Companies Bill last July an "oversight" by lawmakers.
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