WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PIC STATEMENT AND A PPS?
A PIC Statement is a statement given in compliance with the requirements of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance ("the Ordinance") to notify individuals of certain matters when collecting such information from them. That is, it is a statement of a certain limited content (described below) given in relation to specific collections of recorded information from individuals about themselves.
WHEN SHOULD A PIC STATEMENT BE GIVEN?
A PIC Statement should be given whenever you collect information on-line from individuals that is about them and identifies them (so-called 'personally identifiable information'), including information about their use of your website.
The most obvious way in which such information is collected on-line is in an on-line registration or other form. Each form of this sort should include a PIC Statement, either as part of its text or by means of a "hotlink" on the form itself.
In addition, information may also be collected from an individual without his or her being aware of this, e.g. through the use of "cookies". For example, once an individual registers on a web site, cookies may be used to make a record of the pages he or she visits. In such a case, the PIC Statement given in the original registration form should cover the subsequent collection activities. Alternatively or in addition, a pop-up box could be used to provide a PIC Statement whenever such collection begins. If your website bars users who do not accept cookies, this should be made clear in the relevant PIC Statement.