The legal and political differences between Hong Kong and China have engendered their divergent approaches to the growing concern on data privacy. China’s new Personal Information Protection Law is a manifestation of Beijing’s ideology to create a privacy regime with Chinese specificities. The primary legislation of personal data privacy in Hong Kong, Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, on the other hand, can trace its roots to the OECD Privacy Guidelines in 1980 and operates under a very different philosophy.
There is a case to be made for two highly dependent jurisdictions to pursue a level of reciprocity in handling cross-border data transfer. A new legal regime (particularly in Hong Kong) would help create a business environment in which users can safely determine where and with whom to share their own information. The question is not when but how we can achieve such reciprocity in a timely manner.
About the Speaker:
Adam Au is a general counsel and data protection officer of a Hong Kong-listed healthcare service provider with operations in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. He has worked at international law firms as well as an in-house counsel at private equity funds, family office and other financial institutions. His experience ranges from private equity, M&A and other capital markets transactions to data privacy and other regulatory compliance across the Asia-Pacific region. His primary focus is on emerging technology, venture capital, data protection, and healthcare. Adam is also an experienced data protection officer with qualifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and ISACA including CIPP (Europe), CIPP (Asia), CIPT, CIPM and CDPSE. He has been elected as a Fellow of Information Privacy under IAPP.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and East Asian Studies from Brown University, a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Law from the University of Oxford, and a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Sloan Fellow.
Moderator: Prof. Stuart Hargreaves, Associate Professor, CUHK LAW
The Hong Kong Law Society has awarded this seminar 1.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.