Gabriela Kennedy writes:
Data protection is currently a hot topic in Hong Kong. This is largely due to the furore caused by the discovery of the large scale sale of personal data by Hong Kong’s Octopus Rewards Limited (a company owned by Octopus Holdings Limited) over a number of years. We reported previously that the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner launched an investigation into Octopus Rewards Limited and Octopus Holdings Limited. In October the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner issued his final report on the sale of personal data by Octopus for the purposes of direct marketing. A Guidance Note providing practical guidance on compliance with the requirements under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (the “Ordinance“) relating to use of personal data for direct marketing was published on the same day.
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