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A guide to Hong Kong’s cybersecurity laws and practices

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21 June 2021

The past decade has seen a huge increase in the incidence of cyber crime in Hong Kong. This has been exacerbated by the global pandemic, which has forced criminals online, with the number of cases in 2020 representing a 55% increase on the 2019 figure alone. 

This note provides an overview of the legal framework in Hong Kong as it relates to cybersecurity and cyber crime, focusing on what organisations can and must do to protect individuals’ data from attempted breaches, as well as the laws that criminals break in carrying out their attacks. It also covers the powers available to the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong’s personal data privacy regulator, and what organisations should do if a breach occurs.

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