Data Protection in Hong Kong

Data hk is a global distributor and solutions aggregator for the IT ecosystem. The company serves as an essential and core component of digital business transformation for wholesalers, resellers, retailers and end-users. Tech Data HK offers a unique and compelling value proposition by bringing together best-in-class IT products, services and solutions from more than 1,500 leading technology vendors in a single, trusted platform that accelerates business outcomes. The company is committed to helping customers maximize the value of their technology investments and unlock growth opportunities.

Data protection in Hong Kong is governed by the Personal Data Protection Ordinance (PDPO). The law defines personal data as information that can identify an individual, establishes data subject rights and specific obligations to data controllers, and regulates the collection, processing, holding and use of personal data through six data protection principles. It also prohibits the unauthorized disclosure of personal data, commonly known as doxxing.

Moreover, the law requires that data users must notify data subjects of any transfer outside Hong Kong of their personal data to a third party, or between two entities both controlled by a Hong Kong data user. It also requires that data exporters take legal advice before agreeing to any contractual arrangements with data importers, particularly in respect of any provisions relating to cross-border transfers of personal data.

In addition, the law states that a data user must ensure that any transfer of personal data outside Hong Kong is in accordance with the PDPO. This requirement is often referred to as the “fair processing principle” and imposes additional obligations on the data user.

It’s important to note that the data protection laws in Hong Kong are constantly evolving, with significant changes in 2012 and 2021. Those amendments primarily focused on enhancing transparency and consent requirements around direct marketing and preventing the dissemination of personal data without a legitimate purpose.

A key driver of these changes is the increasing recognition that data can offer business value in the form of insights, analytics and services. However, the data landscape is increasingly complex and requires a more holistic and integrated approach to management. As a result, many companies are moving towards a data mesh architecture. This involves adopting new ideas, such as thinking of data as a product that fulfils a “job to be done”, and introducing strong federated governance models.

Equinix’s colocation facilities in Hong Kong are located in a rich industry ecosystem with dense concentrations of enterprises, networks and IT service providers. This enables customers to tap into a broad range of interconnection opportunities in one of Asia’s most carrier-dense network hubs. This translates into greater choice and flexibility when connecting to business partners in the region, as well as increased performance and security when doing so. Allied Telesis’ software advancements, called Network AI and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), help to solve the challenges caused by existing technologies while enabling businesses to leverage data to generate new revenue streams. This, in turn, improves operational efficiency and helps to accelerate business innovation.