Boase Cohen Collins (Hong Kong): Data privacy vs public health needs

The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data of Hong Kong (the “Commissioner”) recently published guidelines to draw employers’ awareness to the collection and use of personal data in the current public health situation.

The Commissioner, Stephen Wong, acknowledges that there is a legitimate basis for employers’ assistance to control the spread of the coronavirus by collecting additional employee’s personal data. At the same time, he reminds employers that the data collected must be “necessary, appropriate and proportionate to the purpose to be achieved”. MORE.

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