Managing Personal Data in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Data Protection Act (PDPO) offers residents enhanced privacy protection for their personal data. It defines data subjects’ rights and sets out specific obligations for data controllers, such as obtaining consent from data subjects to use their personal information and not disclosing it to unauthorised parties. It also regulates the collection, processing, and holding of personal data through six data protection principles. The PDPO also covers data that is processed outside of Hong Kong. Currently, it is mooted that the PDPO will be modernised to cover data-related technologies, such as those used in direct marketing, which would require companies to take greater compliance measures.

Whether you are a business owner or a consumer, you are likely to have personal data. It may be your bank details, your medical records or your shopping habits. The type of data you possess may vary depending on the context, but most personal information is collected for legitimate reasons and is subject to strict privacy regulations. This is why it is important to understand how your personal data can be used, who has access to it and how it can be protected.

Data governance programs involve a large number of people, including both your business and IT teams. Some people will have strong opinions, and it is vital to balance these with a good understanding of what the business needs are and how data can be best used. Use a responsibility assignment matrix like RACI (which stands for responsible, accountable, consulted and informed) to identify who is doing what, when and why. This will help to avoid conflict and confusion.

The Hong Kong data centers at Equinix connect customers into a rich industry ecosystem in one of Asia’s most carrier-dense network hubs. It provides businesses with a variety of opportunities to interconnect with their business partners and other providers in a secure, high-performance environment. The availability of a wide range of services makes our data centers ideal for hosting applications, such as cloud services and enterprise computing.

As a result, they are able to support a highly flexible and resilient infrastructure that can meet the evolving needs of customers. Moreover, they offer a choice of connectivity options from a variety of local and international providers, making them an excellent location for building a digital supply chain. This is especially true for our colocation facilities in Hong Kong, which are business hubs for numerous organizations with a dense concentration of enterprises, networks and IT service providers. In addition, the city’s open data initiatives make it a preferred destination for many global companies. This provides a solid foundation for future growth and innovation in the region.