As part of the government's promotion of Hong Kong as an arbitration centre,
the Arbitration Ordinance is being amended to confirm that disputes over IP
rights can be resolved by arbitration and that the decisions can be enforced in
It was reported that three different mobile apps (based outside Hong Kong)
had collected contact lists stored on users' mobile devices worldwide, and
pulled them into a database of some 2 to 3 billion individuals. The terms of the
apps advised users that the apps would do this. Nevertheless, the Hong Kong
Privacy Commissioner's expressed concern over the lack of consent for
collection of these data from the individuals.
However, the personal data legislation does not apply outside Hong Kong and
so no prosecution is possible.