On June 27, 2012, the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed a bill to amend the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, including by adding new notification and consent requirements for various uses of personal data and imposing greater criminal penalties for violations. Most of the amendment’s new provisions will take effect on October 21, 2012.
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Since October 2011, the Hong Kong Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data has published three “Guidance Notes” to help data users comply with the Personal Data Privacy Ordinance. Although not legally binding, the guidance offers practical examples and tips that the Commissioner has developed over time as the Ordinance has been implemented.
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On July 28, 2009,  the Data Privacy Subgroup meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in Singapore reported a number of privacy-related legislative developments on the horizon.  Among the highlights:

  • On July 15, the Malaysian Cabinet approved privacy legislation to be enacted by the Parliament in early 2010 
  • Vietnam is set to enact consumer