The Hong Kong data hk is the key to unlocking Hong Kong’s digital economy, and is one of the world’s leading network hubs with a dense concentration of enterprises, networks, IT and cloud service providers. Equinix’s colocation facilities connect customers into this rich industry ecosystem with direct interconnection to a wide range of partners in their digital supply chain.
Data hk is a critical infrastructure for digital businesses, and the Hong Kong data center market is poised to accelerate further growth as we move into a new era of smarter, more connected cities and communities. This era will be driven by an ever-growing demand for bandwidth, the need to reduce latency and the desire to access a global audience.
This is why we have invested more than ever before to provide a platform for businesses in the region to build their next-generation infrastructure and services. The Hong Kong data center market is also a global leader in supporting the development of emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence.
Data protection in Hong Kong is governed by the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“PDPO”). It establishes data subject rights and imposes a range of specific obligations on data users through six data protection principles.
A key principle is that personal data must be collected for a lawful purpose and not used in any other way. This is a standard reflected in both the PDPO and other legislative regimes, such as the Personal Information Protection Law that applies in mainland China and the General Data Protection Regulation that applies in the European Economic Area.
Another important principle is that a data user must obtain the voluntary and express consent of the person concerned before transferring his personal data to a third party or using it for a purpose other than that set out in the PICS. This is a significant restriction that applies even if the personal data has already been collected and processed for a valid purpose under the PDPO.
In addition, the PDPO contains several provisions regarding cross-border transfers of personal data. These are designed to ensure that a data user does not transfer his personal data outside of Hong Kong unless this is necessary for the fulfilment of the agreed purposes. This is an important restriction to prevent data users from exploiting personal data by transferring it across borders without sufficient safeguards in place. The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner has published two sets of recommended model contractual clauses that address these scenarios, respectively for the transfer of personal data between a data user and his data processor or for the transfer between entities both of which are controlled by a Hong Kong data user.