Hong Kong Data Protection Ordinance –Access to & Correction of Personal Data

This former British Colony became the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong following the People’s Republic of China’s resumption of sovereignty over Hong Kong on July 1, 1997. Hong Kong's first Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data was Stephen K M Lau, appointed July 1996. Lau was made responsible for promoting and enforcing compliance of the Personal Data Ordinance -Privacy, Cap 486- ("the DP Ordinance"). The DP Ordinance was enacted August 1995 and went into effect December 1996, to protect personal data both in public and private sectors. The DP Ordinance defines personal data as being any information created directly or indirectly by a living individual, from which that person can be identified as creating the information.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the Basis for Privacy in Hong Kong?
How Does One Make a Data Access Request; How is it Processed?
Under What Circumstances Are Data Requests Rejected?
How Does One Make a Data Correction Request?
What if the Change Request is Rejected?


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