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Reform of the Law Relating to the Protection of Personal Data
(HKLRC Report)

The Commission's recommendations addressed concerns over the increasing extent to which personal information is recorded and passed on, and proposed that the collection and use of information about individuals be legally controlled. The recommendations contained in the report included the appointment of a Privacy Commissioner and the introduction of a data protection law imposing security safeguards on the keeping of personal data and giving the individual the right to obtain copies of, and correct, personal data which relates to him. Only personal data that are directly related to the functions of the data collector should be obtained from the individual. Moreover, personal data should not be disclosed by the data collector for purposes other than those specified at the time of collection, except with the individual's consent or where a statutory exception is stipulated.

The Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance implemented the report's recommendations in 1995.

Press Release (PDF) (MS Word)
Executive Summary (PDF) (MS Word)
Report (PDF) (MS Word)

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