The use and disclosure of personal data for direct marketing purposes is strictly regulated in Hong Kong with more severe consequences for non-compliance than other breaches of Hong Kong privacy law, and is often found to be significantly more onerous than in other jurisdictions. This article summarises some of the key elements of Hong Kong’s direct marketing regime.
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