The Hong Kong Legislative Council has passed the Personal Data (Privacy) Amendment Bill, Privacy Asia reports. The bill creates requirements for personal data in direct marketing as well as in its transfer and sale to third parties. The bill also empowers the privacy commissioner to "provide legal assistance to individuals to seek compensation from companies and organizations if there is a breach" of the data protection ordinance and "imposes heavier penalties for repeated contraventions of enforcement notices and a new penalty for repeated contravention of requirements under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance where enforcement notices have been served," the report states.
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