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A Tale of Two Cities: The Right of Private Action in Data Protection in Singapore and Hong Kong

The Singapore High Court and the Hong Kong District Court have both considered the right to compensation for injury to feelings in two recent cases involving misuse of personal data but arrived at different conclusions. Singapore: In Bellingham, Alex v. Reed, Michael, Mr. Bellingham obtained the email addresses of his former employers’ customers without their … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Bill to combat doxxing acts passed

The Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Bill 2021 (the Bill) aimed at combatting doxxing in Hong Kong was passed on 29 September 2021. As discussed in our earlier post, the Bill amends the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO) by: introducing offences to criminalize doxxing acts; empowering the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (the Commissioner) to conduct … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Bill to amend the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance to combat doxxing acts was gazetted today

The Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Bill 2021 (the Bill) was gazetted today, 16 July 2021. The Bill aims to combat doxxing acts through (i) criminalisation of doxxing acts; (ii) empowering the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data to conduct criminal investigation and institute prosecution for doxxing cases; and (iii) conferring on the Commissioner statutory powers to … Continue reading

Proposed amendments to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance to combat doxxing acts

The Hong Kong Government is proposing amendments to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (the “PDPO”) to combat doxxing acts. On 17 May 2021, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau (the “CMAB”) published a discussion paper on the proposed amendments to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance to combat doxxing acts (LC Paper No. CB(4)974/20-21(03)) (the “Paper”). … Continue reading

Hong Kong introduces a contact tracing app

As countries around the globe continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, contact tracing apps continue to evolve and be developed. On November 16, 2020, the Hong Kong government is launching a voluntary contact tracing app. The app, known as LeaveHomeSafe, will enable users to record the date and time they visited participating venues by scanning … Continue reading
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