Data Governance in Hong Kong

A successful data governance program requires the active participation of many people. This means that even if your team is small, your project will impact a large number of stakeholders. Some of these will have significant opinions, and some may be vocal about them. To manage this, you need to create a clear communication plan and identify key points of contact. A good way to do this is with a responsibility assignment matrix like RACI (which stands for responsible, accountable, consulted and informed). Using this tool can help to ensure that everyone understands their role in the process and that they are involved at appropriate times.

The Hong Kong data protection regime is based on the Personal Data Protection Ordinance (PDPO). This law establishes data subject rights and regulates the collection, processing, holding, and use of personal information through six data privacy principles. The PDPO also applies to personal information transferred outside of Hong Kong, which is commonly done through third-party service providers. Therefore, it is important for businesses to have a solid understanding of the PDPO and how it differs from regulations in other jurisdictions.

If Hong Kong does move towards a definition of personal data akin to that in the GDPR, it would increase protections for individuals and add extra compliance measures for companies that process information that can be used to identify them. This is particularly true for technology that learns about an individual’s behaviour or that processes information that will have a direct effect on them. In addition, it is important to understand how the PDPO differs from regulations in other jurisdictions to minimise business risk and promote efficient compliance across organisations.

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