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Thursday, May 3
SN1 14:30-16:00
Privacy Panel
  • Internet Privacy Approaches Around the World
    - chaired by Professor Ray Wacks, University of Hong Kong
    • Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, Hong Kong   [PowerPoint]
      - Stephen Lau, Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong SAR
S2 16:30-18:00
Web and Everyday Life - chaired by David Singer, IBM
  • How the Internet Is Changing Everyday Tasks
    - kimstephens@us.ibm.com
  • HomeNetToo
    - jackso67@msu.edu
  • Effecting Social Change On and Through the Web
    - Andrew.Arch@visionaustralia.org.au
Friday, May 4
S3 10:30-12:00
Web and Media
  • Can Web Entertainment be Passive?
    - pinhanez@us.ibm.com
  • The Web - as a plug-in for tradtional media
    - gaurab@lahai.com
  • The Challenge to Professional Journalism
    - g7451020@grad.cc.nccu.edu.tw
CN7 13:15-14:45
  • Censorship on the Web
    [co-brand with Web & Culture Track]
S4 15:15-16:45
Web and Social Communication
  • You are What You Link
    - ladamic@parc.xerox.com
  • Socially Inclusive e-Government?
    - catherine_sladen@detr.gsi.gov.uk
  • From Paternalism Towards Partnership-in-Care
    - f.tautz@pobox.com

SN1 Internet Privacy Approaches Around the World

  • Professor Ray Wacks, University of Hong Kong

Panel members:

  • Mr Stephen Lau, Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner
  • Mr Daniel J Weitzner, W3C, Boston
  • Mr Rigo Wenning, W3C, France
  • Dr John Bacon-Shone, University of Hong Kong


One of the key social issues affecting use of the web is privacy. Different countries have taken different approaches. Some have characterised the two extremes as a European approach based on legal enforcement of principles across all sectors, both private and public versus a US approach being sector specific and largely relying on self-regulation rather than the law. Clearly, this is an over-simplification!

Arguably, Hong Kong has a European style data protection law, but implemented in a business friendly way.

What can we learn from the similarities and dissimilarities in approaches across the world to identify the way forward?

Last Updated: July 5, 2001