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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | HK privacy commissioner urges businesses to use data ethics Related reading: Australia and Chinese Taipei join APEC's Cross-Border Privacy Rules System




Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner Stephen Wong said data privacy policies are essential to increasing consumer trust and growing the field of big data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Telecom Asia reports. Wong stressed the need for data ethics and said, “While consumers disclose to data users or controllers all their sensitive data, we do expect data users or controllers not to betray consumers’ trust. Herein, accountability involves taking proactive and preventive measures to ensure privacy protection and legal compliance.” Wong also asked that attention be paid to the “the reasonable expectations, rights, interests and freedoms of the individuals concerned when processing personal data.” He added, “In this regard, I urge data users and controllers to embrace two principles: (1) no surprise to consumers and (2) no harm to consumers.”
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