Hong Kong Shipowners Association – Data Privacy Statement
This Data Privacy Statement explains how we, The Hong Kong Shipowners Association, collect, use, disclose, and protect personal information in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations, including requirements of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO) (Cap. 486) of Hong Kong SAR and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union.
1. Information We Collect
We may collect various types of personal information from Companies and individuals who visit and interact with our website (www.hksoa.org). This may include but is not limited to:
· Contact information (Company name and Individual’s name, Individual’s ID Number, email address, phone number)
· Nature of Business
· Business Registration Number
· Demographic information
· Website usage information (IP address, browser details, and device information)
· Communication preferences
It is not compulsory for the Companies to provide the HKSOA with the Business Registration Certificate number, in which case other proof of “carrying out business in Hong Kong” may be requested.
2. Legal Basis for Processing Personal Information
We may collect and process personal information based on the following legal bases as defined by the PDPO (Cap. 486) and/or GDPR:
· Consent: We may process personal information with the individual’s explicit consent for specific purposes, which should not be unreasonably withheld.
· Contractual Necessity: Processing personal information may be necessary to fulfil a contract or take pre-contractual steps at the individual’s request.
· Legitimate Interests: We may process personal information when it is necessary for our legitimate interests and does not override the individual’s rights and freedoms.
· Legal Obligations: Processing personal information may be required to comply with legal obligations to which we are subject.
3. The Use of Personal Information:
We may use personal information for the following purposes:
· To provide and maintain our services.
· To respond to inquiries, requests, or member support.
· To post the information in our Members List section of the website and publish it in our annual yearbook.
· To personalise and improve the user experience on our website.
· To send periodic circulars, newsletters, updates, and other communications.
· To comply with applicable laws, regulations, and legal processes.
4. Data Retention
We retain personal information only for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes outlined in this Data Privacy Statement unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.
5. Data Disclosure and Sharing
We do not sell or rent personal information to third parties. However, we may disclose personal information to trusted service providers who assist us in operating our website and conducting our business. These third parties are bound by contractual obligations to protect the confidentiality and security of personal information. The information will be published in our website’s Membership Directory / List section and the annual yearbook. Members always have the right to request access to and correction of any information the HKSOA holds relating to the member concerned.
6. International Data Transfers
In some cases, we may transfer personal information to places outside Hong Kong that may have different data protection laws and regulations. We ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect personal information during such transfers in accordance with the PDPO and GDPR.
7. Individual Rights
Individuals have certain rights concerning their personal information under the PDPO and GDPR, including the right to:
· Access, correct, or delete personal information.
· Restrict or object to the processing of personal information.
· Withdraw consent at any time (where applicable)
· Lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
8. Data Security
We implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect personal information against unauthorised access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is completely secure.
The HKSOA is not responsible for the content or privacy policies of the websites to which HKSOA website may link.
9. Updates to this Data Privacy Statement
We may update this Data Privacy Statement from time to time to reflect changes in our practices or legal requirements. We encourage individuals to periodically review this statement for the latest information on our privacy practices.
10. Contact Us
If you have any questions, concerns, or requests regarding this Data Privacy Statement or our privacy practices, please contact us using the information provided below:
Hong Kong Shipowners Association
Ms. Peggy Kan
Address: 12th Floor, Queen’s Centre, 58 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2520 0206
Fax:(852) 2529 8246