Talk: Who Decides What Is “Personal Data”?

  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•10•25    14:30 - 15:30

    Lokman Tsui from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) will visit the United Nations University Institute in Macau to give a talk entitled “Who decides what is ‘personal data’? Testing the access principle with telecommunication companies and internet providers in Hong Kong”.

    Do personal data protection laws allow citizens to feel reasonably assured that their personal data is protected? My study aims to answer this question in the context of the Personal Data Privacy Ordinance (PDPO) and to what extent this law helps protect personal data in the hands of telecommunication companies and internet providers in Hong Kong. For the study, we submitted data access requests to telecommunication companies and internet providers for a range of information, including subscriber information, IP addresses, geolocation data and whether they had shared any of this data with third parties. In my talk, I will present the findings and discuss its larger implications for a future where increasingly everything will be data-driven.

    A geek and an activist, Lokman Tsui is an Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) where he researches free expression and internet policy. Lokman is also a Faculty Associate with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Before Lokman returned to academia, he was Google’s Head of Free Expression in Asia and the Pacific. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where his award-winning dissertation is a critical interrogation of how new technologies challenge us to rethink journalism. He was born and raised in the Netherlands and managed the unofficial website for filmmaker Wong Kar Wai for many years.