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Professional Workshops

Data Protection in Human Resource Management

This workshop is designed for human resource practitioners learning how to meet the requirements under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance ("the Ordinance") in handling large amount of employees’ personal data in the different phases of employment process.

Human resource practitioners handle a large amount of employee data in the course of their work. The collection, use and retention of employee data carry significant legal responsibilities and risks. It is therefore a great challenge for human resource practitioners to meet the requirements under the Ordinance and the Code of Practice on Human Resource Management. Participants will learn the good practices in handling personal data in each phase of the employment process.

Who should attend : Human Resource Officers, Data Protection Officers, Compliance Officers, Solicitors, Administration Managers, Recruitment Agents.

Course outline:

  • What are the general requirements for the collection and retention of personal data, and ensuring their accuracy and security in each phase of the employment process
  • What are the requirements of the Code of Practice on Human Resource Management
  • Collection of personal data in recruitment process e.g. medical data, reference data
  • What is "Blind Recruitment Advertisement"
  • What are the restrictions on keeping personal data, setting appropriate periods of time for keeping information
  • What are the legal requirements in transferring personal data to third parties
  • Collection of biometrics data
  • How to handle a Data Access Request by job applicants or employees
  • What are the requirements for engaging in employee monitoring activities

Data Protection in Direct Marketing Activities Revamped!

This workshop focuses on the collection and use of personal data for direct marketing purposes. You will learn how to comply with the requirements under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“the Ordinance”) and put this into context with your responsibilities in the company.

Direct marketing is widely adopted by different types of organisations in promoting their products and services. In Hong Kong, the use of personal data in direct marketing activities is governed by the Ordinance. Since the new direct marketing regime took effect from 1 April 2013, some companies were convicted for failing to comply with the requirements which present risks to a company’s value and consumer trust.

This workshop provides a practical approach to the compliance of the requirements under the Ordinance in direct marketing activities and provides hands-on solutions to problems that marketers face in devising direct marketing activities. Conviction cases will also be shared with the participants.

Who should attend: Data Protection Officers, Compliance Officers, Company Secretaries, Administration Managers, IT Managers, Solicitors (in house or private practice), Database Managers, Marketing professionals

Course outline:
  • What is “Direct Marketing” under the Ordinance - understanding the Guidance on the Collection and Use of Personal Data in Direct Marketing
  • Collection of personal data from different sources for direct marketing purpose
  • Legal requirements for using personal data in marketing activities
  • What is “prescribed consent” in using customers’ personal data for direct marketing purpose
  • How to handle an "Opt-Out Request"
  • How to maintain the opt-out list
  • Legal requirements for carrying out direct marketing activities with a partner company
  • Sharing of conviction cases

Data Protection and Data Access Request

This workshop provides practical guidance on issues relating to compliance with a Data Access Request ("DAR") raised by customers or employees.

There are stringent requirements for compliance with a DAR under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. Dealing properly and effectively with a DAR is a challenge for many organisations. This workshop will examine in details those requirements and offer guidance on the handling of a DAR.

Participants may already be dealing with DARs and want to review their handling or may never have dealt with DARs and want to develop processes. They will learn how to deal with DAR and avoid pitfalls. There will also be plenty of opportunity for questions during the workshop.

Who should attend: Solicitors, Data Protection Officers, Administration Managers, Human Resource Officers, Customer Services Personnel.

Course outline:

  • What is a DAR
  • What is subject to access under a DAR
  • Who may make a DAR
  • How to make a DAR
  • What should a data user do in order to comply with a DAR
  • Charges for a DAR
  • Grounds for refusing to comply with a DAR
  • Steps to take in refusing to comply with a DAR
  • Protection for third party data when complying with a DAR
  • Consequences of breach of the DAR provisions


Data Protection in Banking/Financial Services

This workshop examines the personal data privacy issues facing banking and financial personnel in their daily operation and provides practical steps that can be taken to deal with the issues effectively.

Banking and financial personnel face a lot of data protection challenges in a complex business world where the business can be cross-jurisdictional or multi-functional. This workshop will examine the requirements under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance in different aspects of the banking and financial services and the practical ways to deal with them effectively.

Who should attend: Data Protection Officers, Compliance Officers, Company Secretaries, Solicitors, Advisers and other personnel undertaking work relating to the banking/financial industry.

Course outline:

  • An overview of the relevant requirements under the Ordinance
  • Liabilities of banks for acts of staff, agents and contractors
  • Useful pointers on Personal Information Collection Statement
  • Collection of identification document number from non-account holder
  • Accuracy of customer’s contact information
  • Retention and erasure of customers’ personal data
  • Outsourcing the processing of personal data
  • Transfer of personal data outside Hong Kong
  • Handling of customers’ personal data in debt collection
  • Protection of customers’ personal data collected during off-site marketing campaign
  • Handling of data access request from customers
  • Make privacy policies and practices generally available


Data Protection in Insurance

This Workshop is designed for insurance practitioners who wish to acquire the knowledge to protect customers’ personal data in providing insurance services to the public. The course will highlight the key features of "Guidance on the Proper Handling of Customers’ Personal Data for the Insurance Industry" and privacy issues specific to insurance institutions and insurance practitioners.

Insurance practitioners handle a large amount of customers’ personal data in their daily work e.g. name, telephone number, address, identity card number, health record, information contained in insurance application forms and insurance policies etc. It is essential that they understand and comply with the requirements under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance ("the Ordinance") which apply to them in their capacities as the data users in the handling of personal data.

This workshop examines core concepts of practical data protection compliance illustrated by specific scenarios to highlight potential problems and their resolution. Participants will also engage in discussion of real cases relating to the handling of personal data in different aspects of insurance work.

Who should attend: Insurance Practitioners, Data Protection Officers, Compliance Officers, Solicitors, Advisers and other personnel undertaking work relating to the  Insurance Industry.

Course outline:

  • An overview of the data protection provisions
  • Liabilities of insurance companies and insurance practitioners
  • Useful pointers on Personal Information Collection Statement
  • Collection of customers’ medical data
  • Collection of Hong Kong identity card number and copy
  • Engagement of private investigators in insurance claims
  • Retention of customers’ personal data
  • Use of customers’ data for internal training
  • Security of customers’ personal data handled by staff and agents
  • Handling of data access requests from customers


Privacy Management Programme

Privacy and data protection cannot be managed effectively if they are merely treated as a legal compliance issue. Instead, organisational data users should embrace personal data privacy protection as part of their corporate governance responsibilities and apply them as a business imperative throughout the organisation.  To this end, the formulation and maintenance of a comprehensive Privacy Management Programme (PMP) is of paramount importance.

This course will highlight the key features of “Privacy Management Programme – A Best Practice Guide”.  Participants will be able to understand the baseline fundamentals and components of a PMP and how to maintain and improve it on an ongoing basis.

Who should attend: Data protection officers, compliance professionals, company secretaries, solicitors, executives from business and public sectors, and those who are interested in keeping abreast of the data protection trend and best practices.

Course outline:
  • What is PMP
  • Baseline Fundamentals of a PMP
  • Ongoing Assessment and Revision
  • How to develop your own PMP


Practical Workshop on Data Protection Law

This workshop is aimed at anyone who wishes to acquire a solid grounding in the application and interpretation of the provisions of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“the Ordinance”).
 
With the increase in public awareness on personal data protection, it becomes an important aspect for organisations to gain customers’ trust and confidence.   This workshop (to be conducted by experienced lawyers from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data) is for people who are charged with the responsibility in advising on compliance with the Ordinance to acquire solid knowledge through interactive participation. 

Who should attend: Solicitors, Barristers, In-house Legal Counsels, Data Protection Officers, Compliance Officers

Course outline:
  • Examining the application of the six data protection principles with special highlights on recent administrative appeals board and court cases.
  • Problems frequently encountered by organisations dealing with personal data, including:-
    • What are the points to consider when drafting a personal information collection statement?
    • How to respond to requests by law enforcement agencies for disclosure of employees' or customers’ personal data?
    • What are the key aspects to be included in a privacy policy statement?
    • What are the special requirements in complying with or refusing to comply with a data access/correction request?
    • How to comply with the direct marketing requirements in a joint marketing campaign?
    • What are the steps to take when outsourcing the processing of personal data to agents located in or outside Hong Kong?
  • Consequences of breach of the Ordinance and liabilities of key officers
  • Case studies and discussion

Recent Court and Administrative Appeals Board Decisions New!

This workshop focuses on specific topics in data privacy law raised in recent decisions of the Hong Kong Court and Administrative Appeals Board (the “Board”), and aims at providing in-depth discussion and updated knowledge to legal practitioners and compliance officers on the interpretation of commonly used provisions of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“the Ordinance”).
 
The Board is the statutory body that hears and determines appeals against the decisions of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (“the Commissioner”) by a complainant or the relevant data user complained of.  The High Court of Hong Kong deals with magistracy appeals against criminal offences committed under the Ordinance.  This workshop (to be conducted by experienced lawyers from the office of the Commissioner) will examine some recent decisions which serve as legal authorities and practical examples in solving problems frequently encountered in compliance work.
 
Who should attend: Solicitors, Barristers, In-house Lawyers, Data Protection Officers, Compliance Officers, Company Secretaries and Administration Managers.
 
Course outline:
A thorough discussion of the following decisions made by the High Court of Hong Kong and the Board:-
 
HKSAR v Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HCMA 624/2015)
  • Does offering a new service contract to its existing customer at a concessionary rate by a telecommunications company amount to “direct marketing” under the Ordinance?
  • Do direct marketing offences require proof of mens rea?
  • What are the defences available to a data user?
HKSAR v Leung Chun-kit Brandon (HCMA 49/2016)
  • Do a person’s Christian name and mobile phone number together constitute his personal data?
  • Is it a breach of section 35J of the Ordinance if a person passes his friend’s contact particulars to an insurance agent for direct marketing purpose without the friend’s consent?  Would it make a difference if the insurance agent ultimately has not so used the data for direct marketing?
AAB 17/2015 and AAB 18/2016
  • Will an organisation be liable for the disclosure of personal data by its director?  Under what circumstances will the director be regarded as exceeding the realm of his authority?
  • Does the exemption under section 58(2) apply to the situation where a party seeks to defend an allegation of unlawful or seriously improper conduct?
AAB 42/2016
  • How to determine whether a fee imposed for compliance with a data access request is excessive?
  • What are the costs directly related to and necessary for complying with a data access request?
  • Is a doctor’s cost of reviewing the medical records before releasing to the requestor chargeable?
AAB 40/2016
  • How should a bank fulfill its obligations under Data Protection Principle 1(3) to notify its customers of its personal data collection purpose of detecting or combating financial crimes AND to avoid alerting the customers who may then take pre-emptive and counter measures?
  • Would it suffice for a bank to request updated personal data from its customers by simply informing them of the purpose of such use “in general terms”?