• Data Transfers: The curious case of cross-border data transfers in Hong Kong
    The Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (the “PDPO”) was passed in 1995 and took effect from December 1996. One of its key provisions was a restriction on cross-border data transfers in section 33. More than 25 years later, section 33 is still not yet in operation. In this article, Pádraig Walsh from…Read More
  • Legal Update: Developments in virtual asset regulation in Hong Kong
    In this snapshot legal update, we report on various announcements and policy updates announced during Hong Kong FintechWeek in respect of virtual assets (“VA”). On 31 October 2022, the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) issued a circular on virtual asset futures exchange-traded funds (“VA Futures ETFs”). This is a positive step…Read More
  • Data Transfers: Protecting personal data by contractual means
    The personal data protection regime in Hong Kong does not contain a statutory restriction on the transfer of personal data outside Hong Kong. However, this does not mean that there are no protections in respect of cross-border personal data transfers. In this article, Pádraig Walsh from our Data Privacy practice explains…Read More
  • Data Transfers: Frameworks for organising cross-border data transfers
    There are serious legal consequences to a mishandled cross-border personal data transfer. In this article, Pádraig Walsh from our Data Privacy practice explores the steps a business should take when conducting an international data transfer process. Policy and process Good practice does not happen by itself. Rather, it arises from good…Read More
  • Data Transfers: The ground rules in Hong Kong
    The starting point for understanding data transfers under Hong Kong law is to understand the interpretation of key data privacy concepts in Hong Kong. This may seem obvious first principles, but as Pádraig Walsh from our Data Privacy practice explains, sometimes those principles are same same but different in Hong Kong….Read More