Gabriela Kennedy's Asia Pacific column in the latest issue of Computer Law & Security Review features a Mayer Brown article, titled "The Pitfalls of Networking: Individual’s Conviction Upheld for Transferring Personal Data for Direct Marketing Purposes".

Gabriela looks at the recent conviction of an individual for breach of the direct marketing provisions under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO). The Court of First Instance decision draws attention to the fact that individuals can be data users and are subject to the PDPO if they collect and use personal data, even in social settings. The author also discusses the concerns raised by the Hong Kong Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Personal Data (PCPD) in relation to individual app users who have allowed apps to collect personal data stored in their phone books on mobile devices.

Gabriela is a member of the editorial board of Computer Law & Security Review and edits the Asia Pacific column, a country-by-country analysis of the latest legal developments, cases and issues relating to IT, media and telecommunications in the Asia Pacific region.