Data Governance in Hong Kong

HK (pronounced “hok”) is a common abbreviation for Hong Kong, a former British colony and now special administrative region of China. Hong Kong is a business hub with a dense concentration of enterprises, networks and IT service providers. Equinix’s Hong Kong colocation facilities offer a high-speed and secure connection into this business ecosystem.

The Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance of Hong Kong (PDPO) establishes data subject rights and data controller obligations through six data protection principles. In addition, PDPO prohibits the collection of personal data without legitimate purpose and requires consent for processing personal data for specific purposes. It also provides specific exemptions to allow law enforcement agencies and regulators to access personal data in specific circumstances such as:

Data governance programs involve a wide range of people: sponsors, data stewards and stakeholders. It is important to identify these roles and include them in your planning and budgeting process. A clear vision and business case are essential for successful data governance. The vision sets the broad strategic objective and the business case articulates the concrete, tangible goals.

As part of the broader business case, it is also helpful to consider your data governance program’s potential to reduce costs and risk through better decision making, increased efficiency and improved productivity. This will help to justify your investment in the programme.

Having a data governance strategy that aligns with your business objectives and helps you achieve ROI can make it easier to secure funding and gain support for the programme. A solid data governance roadmap can also provide the foundation for an effective communications strategy.

A data governance leader coordinates tasks for the stewards and drives ongoing data audits and metrics that assess program success and ROI. The role is typically filled by an experienced project manager with a background in business and IT. They act as the primary point of escalation to the executive sponsor and steering committee. In addition, the leader can drive data governance programs by working with a variety of stakeholders across your business, such as risk and compliance, IT and corporate security.