The Rights of the Individual

Protection of Personal Data

Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance

The Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance aims to protect the individual's right to privacy with respect to personal data. It gives statutory effect to internationally-recognised data protection principles and provides for the establishment of an independent statutory authority - the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (the Privacy Commissioner) - to enforce and promote compliance with them.

The Ordinance applies to any data relating directly or indirectly to an individual, from which it is practicable to ascertain the identity of the individual and which is in a form in which access to or processing is practicable. Users of personal data in both public and private sectors are subject to the provisions of the Ordinance.

The main features of the Ordinance are as follows -

To combat doxxing acts, the Ordinance was amended in 2021 and the relevant amended provisions have already come into operation. If you wish to view the relevant promotional video, you may click this link - TV announcements. Relevant information is also available at the website of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data.

Personal Data (Privacy) Advisory Committee (The Committee)

Section 11 of the Ordinance provides for the establishment of a Committee to advise the Privacy Commissioner on matters relevant to the privacy of individuals in relation to personal data and the operation of the Ordinance.

The membership of the Committee is as follows:

Chairman :

Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data

Members :

Ms Terese AU-YEUNG Kar-wai
Ms Karen CHAN Ka-yin, JP
Mr Alex CHIU Chih-sun
Ms Carmen KAN Wai-mun
Mr Joseph LIN Ho-man
Mr Addy WONG Wai-hung, MH, JP
Ms Eirene YEUNG
Deputy Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs or Principal Assistant Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs