(Fully booked) BDO Webinar: Data privacy development & challenges

Date: 19 May 2020
Time: 15:30 - 17:30


  • Summary

According to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there has been an increase in cyber-attacks in the time of COVID-19. Meanwhile, a well-known airline company has been fined £500,000 by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office for security lapses which exposed the personal details of some 9.4 million customers globally from 2014- 2018.

In light of recent personal data privacy breaches, Hong Kong Government's Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau recently proposed six amendments to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486).

These amendments make references to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, requiring data users to timely report data breaches and authorising the Privacy Commissioner to impose fines based on annual turnover of data users.

Technological advancements in recent years have given a new meaning to the processing and use of information. It also raises awareness of privacy protection, the demand for an effective data privacy regulatory structure as well as data security controls.

In this webinar, we will share our knowledge on:

  • Proposed amendments to Personal Data
  • (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486)
    • Sanction powers to PCPD
    • Retention period
    • Mandatory breach notification
  • Regulatory risks
  • Compliance costs for the business sector should these amendments take effect
  • Data security impact assessments
  • Technical security measures and cybersecurity awareness

We hope that this webinar will help you to understand more about development of data privacy as well as data security controls.


About the speakers

EUGENE LAI, Principal, Yang Chau Law Office

Eugene has over 25 years of experience in advising clients on legal aspects of commercial, corporate, securities and commercial litigation. Clients highly value his approach and responsiveness in offering tactful and pragmatic solutions. Mr Lai is currently a practicing solicitor in Hong Kong.

Mr Lai advises on pre-listing restructurings, listings, financing, in/out-bound mergers and acquisitions, as well as debt restructuring, international tax planning and data protection matters. He has particular experience in representing clients on in/out-bound investments in a wide range of business sectors such as energy, oil and gas, financial institutions, real estate, banking, securities houses, financial technology, mining, IT, logistics, construction and construction materials, manufacturing, distribution and retail and infrastructure projects. 

Mr Lai obtained his bachelor of laws degree from The University of Hong Kong in December 1992, a master of laws degree on Chinese laws from Renmin University of China in January in 1998, and an EMBA Global Asia degree conferred jointly by Columbia Business School, London Business School and The University of Hong Kong in June 2012. He has also completed the Senior Executive Program for China, jointly organised by Harvard Business School, Tsinghua University and China Europe International Business School in December 2011. Mr Lai attained alumni status from Harvard Business School in July 2017. 

Mr Lai is a joint company secretary of Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited (stock code: 934), the company secretary of AB Builders Group Limited (stock code: 1615) and a joint company secretary of Hengxin Technology Ltd. (stock code: 1085), which are companies listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange.

ROGER LO, Senior Manager of Risk Advisory, BDO

Roger Lo has over 10 years of professional experiences in data security on IT infrastructure and systems. With a mixed business and information technology background, he has worked in Fortune 500 companies, insurance, public hospital, and telecommunications to provide control implementations, technical review & policy management on cybersecurity, IT system, sensitive data & IT infrastructure.

His clients are corporations listed in Hong Kong & China, he has conducted data integrity review for a number of regulated businesses, such as Securities firms, Assets Management, SVFs, Casino, Hospitality, Manufacturing & Retail. Particularly, Roger's duties are advising or reengineering these businesses by providing IT risk assessment in compliance to US NIST Cybersecurity Framework, ISO 27001, PCI-DSS & or China Cybersecurity Law.

He is a member and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), associate member of Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and was a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

Further information
This event will incorporate slides which you can view on a PC and audio broadcast technology which requires only the speakers in your device. Therefore, on the day, please ensure the audio volume of your device is turned up. You are recommended to log in the webinar (which will be provided by email after your successful registration) a few minutes before the webinar starts to make sure you have no problem with the connection. 

Details are as follows:

Date : Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Time : 3:30pm - 5:30pm (Webinar session)
Language : Cantonese, supplemented by English presentation materials
Fee : Free of Charge
Remarks : 1. For any enquiries, please contact contact Cecilia Young at +852 2218 3760 or ceciliayoung@bdo.com.hk. 
    2. Login information will be sent to you by email after successfull registration.
    3. BDO reserves the final right of acceptance of registration.