Hong Kong is primed to be a data hub for GBA
May 09, 2019 / Nancy Ho
Hong Kong has the potential to serve as a data hub in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) for implementing a pilot scheme on cross-border data flow. A special task force is recommended to coordinate data transfer issues within the GBA.These are the key insights of a research conducted by the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and commissioned by Microsoft Hong Kong. Titled “Legal Research Project: Proposal for Hong Kong to be a Data Center Hub for the Greater Bay Area and China”, the research examined the legal issues related to cross-border data transfer and recommended Hong Kong as a suitable location to serve as a data depository and processing center for the GBA.
The research reviewed the legal framework of data protection and cybersecurity, and identified the key restrictions on free data flow among the three jurisdictions in China, Hong Kong and Macau. China has the tightest restriction whereas Hong Kong has no legal restriction on data flow.