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Cross-border data transfers: China issues new measures to strengthen data localisation

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued draft measures for implementing the data localisation provisions under the Cybersecurity Law of China (Cybersecurity Law) and the National Security Law of China on 11 April 2017. The draft regulations are open for public comment until 11 May 2017.… Continue reading

China Cybersecurity: New Law Increases Security Regulation Over Cyberspace

On November 7, 2016, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) voted to pass the Cyber Security Law (unofficial English translation). Its draft has gone through three rounds of readings and it will become effective from June 1, 2017. This legislation provides for the Chinese government’s supervisory jurisdiction over cyberspace, defines security obligations for … Continue reading

Hong Kong SFC Launches Review on Brokers’ Internet and Mobile Trading Systems

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has launched a new cybersecurity review to assess the cybersecurity preparedness, compliance and resilience of brokers’ internet and mobile trading systems. This follows the increasing number of security incidents in which customers’ internet and mobile trading accounts were hacked, including 16 incidents involving seven securities brokers and unauthorized trades in excess … Continue reading

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Strengthens Cybersecurity Controls on Banks

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) is taking action to tackle cyber security in the banking sector in Hong Kong through the Cybersecurity Fortification Initiative (CFI) – a new comprehensive initiative announced on May 18, 2016, which aims to raise the level of cybersecurity of the banks in Hong Kong. This follows the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission’s (SFC) similar initiative … Continue reading

Hong Kong Regulators Step up Enforcement on Personal Data Protection

Over the past month, Hong Kong Courts and the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) have taken action under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“PDPO”) against an insurance agent, a marketing company and a licensed individual for improper handling of personal data, resulting in a Community Service Order, a fine, and an SFC disciplinary action. These … Continue reading

Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Focuses on Cybersecurity

With its continued focus on cybersecurity, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) recently issued a circular to all its licensed corporations (LCs) identifying key areas of concern and suggesting cybersecurity controls. Hong Kong does not have any overarching cybersecurity legislation, and industry-specific regulatory activity in relation to cybersecurity has been limited to date. … Continue reading
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