21 Jul HK Company Director Fined for Violating Data Privacy Ordinance
Hong Kong – Reports last Wednesday state that an employment agency director in Hong Kong was found guilty of disobeying the Personal Data Privacy Ordinance (PDPO).
The employment agency came under fire when they were complained for sharing personal details without the consent of individuals involved.
The agency director was tasked by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) to supply related information needed for the investigation. The director failed to submit to the court and was found guilty and fined US$385 on June 30 2017.
Non-compliance with the Privacy Commissioner’s requirements is considered a criminal offence in Hong Kong. Authorities can post a maximum penalty of US$1,300 and prison time of up to six months to violators.
To date, the case is the first ruling passed in Hong Kong that upholds PDPO since the regulation was implemented in 1996.
Source: Data Protection Report