What is Data Hong Kong?

Data hk is a new decentralized strategy that moves beyond centralized, monolithic data architectures. It focuses on building self-service data infrastructure to empower business users with data and the tools they need to make it usable and productive. While it is not a silver bullet, it can help to address many unaddressed modernization objectives that need to be addressed today.

The first step is to develop a vision and a business case for your data governance program. The vision should articulate your broad strategic objective for the program, while the business case defines a specific and clear business opportunity for it to be successful. The more specific and clear your business case is, the easier it will be for you to define your data governance policies that are aligned to your strategic objectives.

The most critical component of a successful data governance program is your people. You need to identify the roles that will support, sponsor, steward and operationalize your policies. These roles should be a mixture of business and IT SMEs, with strong communication skills. Experienced business analysts and senior business systems analysts are strong candidates for these positions. They are the bridges that connect the business to your data governance programs and can act as the primary points of escalation for your program’s executive sponsor and steering committee.

In July, an industry group including Google, Twitter and Facebook sent a letter to the Hong Kong government that warned the city may be forced to pull out of the Global Bay Area (GBA) if it continues to pursue what the group calls a “completely disproportionate and unnecessary response” to doxxing, or malicious publication of private or identifying information about individuals. The letter cites the new national security law’s broader definition of personal data and a provision that allows the government to request information directly from tech companies rather than relying on a lengthy US Justice Department-based Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) process.

The letter also highlights the relative lack of attention to how Hong Kong telecommunications providers treat IP addresses as personal data in accordance with the PDPO. It encourages the telecommunications providers to consider publishing transparency reports on how they handle requests for user data, and introduces the Access My Info: Hong Kong (‘AMI:HK’) project. AMI:HK is an easy-to-use website that assists Hong Kong residents in making data access requests to their telecommunications service providers. It is a collaboration between the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Journalism & Communication, InMediaHK, Keyboard Frontline, Open Effect and the Citizen Lab (developers of the original AMI project in Canada). AMI:HK was launched in August. So far it has been used to generate 1603 requests.