HONG KONG: New anti-doxxing provisions now in force

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With the coming into effect of the Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 (“Amendment Ordinance”) on 8 October 2021, a new anti-doxxing law is now in force in Hong Kong.

The below sets out a summary of the key aspects of the anti-doxxing law:

New offences of doxxing; new penalties

The Amendment Ordinance introduces two new offences of doxxing and corresponding penalties.

It is now an offence to disclose any personal data without the data subject’s consent with an intent to cause harm to the data subject or any family member of the data subject.

Depending on the severity of the offence, any person who commits the offence is punishable on conviction with:

a fine at level 6 (i.e. HK$ 100,000) and to imprisonment for 2 years; or a fine of HK$ 1,000,000 and to imprisonment for 5 years if the disclosure causes harm to the data subject or any family member of the data subject.

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