Data protection in Malaysia and Hong Kong : One step forward, two steps back?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-437
Journal / PublicationComputer Law and Security Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


Continuing rapid developments in information communication technology has led to an ever increasing amount of personal information being collected, processed, stored and used, without the individual even knowing about it. For countries which have domestic legislation relating to privacy and data protection, it has afforded the opportunity for a review. For others, it has opened up the opportunity to legislate. The aim of the paper is three-fold. First, the paper aims to deal with data protection regime in Malaysia and in Hong Kong by examining the salient features of the newly enacted Malaysia's Personal Data Protection Act 2010 and the recent recommendations for legislative reform to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance in Hong Kong. Second, it considers whether the laws are more concerned with legitimising data protection practices of organizations and businesses rather than the protection of individuals' privacy interests. Finally, the paper briefly considers whether the laws adequately address the impact to individuals' data privacy brought about by technological advancements before providing a conclusion. © 2012 Eliza Mik. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Data protection, Hong Kong PDPO, Malaysia PDPO, Personal Data Protection Act 2010, Privacy