Equinix Colocation – Protecting Personal Data in Hong Kong

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Data is the raw information from which statistics are created. Statistics give an interpretation of the data and help us make informed decisions. There are a wide range of public sector datasets available for download, including geospatial data. You can use this information to develop commercial apps, conduct personal analysis or academic research. However, you should remember that it is important to differentiate between data and statistics.

Modernisation of Hong Kong’s data protection laws is mooted, but until it happens, businesses need to ensure they understand their obligations under the existing framework. This is especially true for companies using new technologies that learn about individuals’ behaviours. While this may be good for business, it means that these companies need to take additional steps to protect the privacy of their customers and staff.

One way to do this is by ensuring that personal data is collected fairly and lawfully. Another is by limiting access to personal data to only those who need it for the purpose in question. This will prevent the collection of unnecessary data that could be used to discriminate against or harass an individual.

A third is by ensuring that data is securely stored. This is important not only to protect against unauthorised disclosures, but also to prevent the loss or destruction of personal data. Finally, by establishing data management policies and procedures, a company can reduce the risks associated with processing personal data.

While a change to the definition of personal data is not yet imminent, the Hong Kong government has published a discussion paper exploring possible changes to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“PDPO”). Among these proposals is a move towards a more comprehensive and stringent definition of personal data, including any information that can be used to identify an individual. This would significantly extend the scope of PDPO and require a higher level of compliance from businesses that use data.

Equinix offers colocation services in Hong Kong, a dense network hub that is home to multiple global telecoms providers and a variety of industry ecosystem partners. The city’s carrier-dense ecosystem provides a diverse set of interconnection options that can support your business in its digital transformation journey.