Day: November 3, 2023

Managing Personal Data in Hong Kong

Databases are collections of information arranged so they are easy to access and analyze, providing businesses with a vital resource that allows for improved customer service, strategic decision-making and legal compliance more quickly and more easily. Marketers also find them extremely valuable tools as it gives them data they can use to reach their target audiences more efficiently. An effective database should be current, accurate and comprehensive as well as secured against unauthorised access; suitable industries include retail, finance/banking/healthcare.

Tech Data Distribution (Hong Kong), part of TD SYNNEX, is an innovative partner helping over 150,000 customers across 100+ countries maximize the value of technology investments, demonstrate business outcomes and find growth opportunities. Headquartered in Clearwater and Fremont California respectively, its 23,500 co-workers specialize in offering appealing IT products, services and solutions from more than 1,500 top technology vendors.

Personal data in Hong Kong is defined as any data which relates to an identifiable natural person and protected under Hong Kong law, with misuse or disclosure prohibited by law. Furthermore, data users must explicitly inform data subjects at or prior to collecting their personal data of its purpose as well as to whom their information may be disclosed or transferred.

Hong Kong’s Personal Data Protection Ordinance (“PDPO”) came into force on 20 December 1996 and has been significantly amended over time, particularly with regard to “doxxing”, the act of disclosing personal data without consent, commonly known as “doxxing”.

Businesses must understand the laws regarding personal data. Failure to do so could result in fines or lawsuits, while also damaging their business’s reputation. A trusted partner should help businesses ensure compliance with data protection laws.

As there are companies who specialize in compliance services, whether that means data audits, resolving complaints or creating a comprehensive data management strategy; they offer expert advice and tools needed for compliance.

Colocation facilities provided by these companies also go beyond compliance services; they can also offer colocation facilities in Hong Kong. Their data centers are situated within some of Asia’s most dense carrier-dense network hubs and allow their customers to tap into a rich industry ecosystem with direct links to enterprises, networks and cloud service providers – helping reduce costs, enhance application performance and enhance business agility while meeting regulatory demands such as the PDPO or GDPR. Equinix provides solutions in Hong Kong designed specifically to support various industry use cases; please visit their website for more details.

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