Symposium on Privacy in Greater China Conference 2014

Date: November 28, 2014 (Friday)
Venue: Faculty Academic Conference Room, 11/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

The one-day symposium focused on the development of privacy and personal data protection in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and mainland China, the four regions with close cultural ties and sharing similar impacts from advancing Internet and communication technologies. Local and international experts from the academics, industries, and regulatory authorities gathered to explore and reflect on the privacy challenges and legal responses in the four jurisdictions respectively, in particular on health data protection and consumer data handling. In addition, a special Roundtable discussion will be held, focusing on the controversial Right to be Forgotten.

The conference was kindly sponsored by the Privacy International and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).


Keynote Speech by Mr. Allan Chiang (Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong), Managing Privacy and Data Protection as Corporate Governance Responsibility


Session I: International Updates on Personal Data Protection

Chair: Prof. John Bacon-Shone (Associate Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU)


  • Ms. Carly Nyst (Legal Director, Privacy International), The rights to privacy and data protection in Europe – Snowden, Safe Harbour and Digital Rights Ireland
  • Prof. Ching-Yi Liu (Professor, Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University), The Struggle of Privacy Law in Taiwan: From Autonomy in the control of Personal Information to the Right of Quantitative Privacy
  • Mr. Ken Yang (Deputy Director, Office for Personal Data Protection), The notification system of data processing in Macao
  • Prof. Zhao Yun (Professor, Faculty of Law, HKU), Online Privacy Protection in China: Present and Future


Session II: Personal Data Protection as a Consumer Right

Chair: Ms. Pancy Fung (Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, HKU)


  • Prof. Anne Cheung (Professor, Faculty of Law, HKU), Rethinking Privacy: The Big Data Business of Data Broker
  • Dr. Wei Lin (Partner, Zhonglun W&D Law Firm, PRC), Privacy and Personal Data Protection in China: Progress and Deficiency—From the Prospective of Customers
  • Dr. Yongxi Chen (Post-Doctoral Fellow, HKU), Real name registration of Chinese Internet users: imbalance between personal data protection and surveillance

Demonstration of new database: ‘Privacy Law in Greater China: A Database for Comparative Statutory Sources’ (Dr. Yongxi Chen)


Session III: Protection of Health Data

Chair: Dr Henry Chang (Information Technology Advisor, Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data)


  • Dr. Chih-hsing Ho (Assistant Professor, Institute of European and American Studies Academia Sinica), Medical Research, Privacy, and the Protection of Healthcare Data in Taiwan: Challenges and Perspectives
  • Mr. Terry Kaan (Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, HKU), Electronic Medical Records: Mapping the Future
  • Dr. Ding Chunyan (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, City University), Health Data Protection and the Public Interest in Disclosure in China


Session IV: Roundtable on Right to Be Forgotten

Chair: Dr. Marcelo Thompson (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, HKU)


  • Dr. Stuart Hargreaves (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, CUHK)
  • Ms. Carly Nyst (Legal Director, Privacy International)
  • Dr. Yan Meining (Associate Professor, Law School, Shantou University)

The right to be forgotten? – Greater China and beyond (as illustrated by online searches of sex photos)

  • Prof. Rolf H.Weber (Chair of International Business Law, University of Zurich), Roundtable on Right to be Forgotten