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Hong Kong's new privacy commissioner seeks to balance privacy issues, economic concerns

14 March 2016
MLex article reporting a conversation with the new privacy commissioner in Hong Kong, Stephen Wong, looks at a number of issues including whether the cross-border transfer provision in the Hong Kong Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance will be implemented during his tenure. Commenting on this possibility, Gabriela Kennedy says, “We don’t want to be a place that is overregulated to the point that we lose our competitive advantage. Now, the Asian landscape has changed as there are data privacy statutes in place in many jurisdictions. A pro-business approach will give some jurisdictions the edge.”

Gabriela is further quoted later in the article when she says “I think he (Mr. Wong) is keen to keep the right balance between protecting the privacy of individuals and creating an environment where an accountable free flow of information can take place.”

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