26 Apr Hong Kong Privacy Watchdog to Review “Ageing” Data Protection Law
In an interview last Tuesday, Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Stephen Wong Kai-yi said that it was time to review the city’s 22-year old data protection law after a series of data leaks had affected more than half a million of its residents.
Wong said that his office will study if the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance provides enough protections for citizens, and if it is at par with global trends. He also pointed out that the law does not indicate how long an organization can keep personal data, and only allows companies to be prosecuted if they refuse to implement corrective steps to ensure data privacy.
Wong also called for higher penalties for violators of the privacy ordinance and said that companies needed to be taught how to be ethical and respectful of clients’ data privacy.