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Hong Kong: Freedom of the (Entertainment) Press: Part 1, Data Privacy and Public Interest – David Ma

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (“Commissioner”) examined the relationship between freedom of the press and personal data (“PD”) in the context of paparazzi and the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“PDPO”) in Reports R12-9159 [pdf] and R12-9164 [pdf]. The appeals to the Commissioner’s decisions were dismissed by the Administrative Appeals Board (“AAB”) in Appeal Nos 5/2012 [pdf] and 6/2012 [pdf].  Continue reading

Case Law, Hong Kong, Oriental Press Group v Fevaworks, Provider of Internet Forum is a publisher but has “innocent dissemination” defence

2013-03-26_111713In Oriental Press Group Ltd & Others v Fevaworks Solutions Ltd & Others [2013] HKCFA 47, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal held that an internet forum provider is not like a notice board owner and not a first or main publisher, but qualifies as a subordinate publisher entitled to rely on the defence of innocent dissemination. Continue reading

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