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Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data issues guidance on the use of drones

08 April 2015

Privacy & Data Security Briefing

On 29 March, the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (the "Commissioner") published a guidance note that supplements previous guidance on the use of closed circuit television systems and for the first time addresses the increasing use of unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS", or, more popularly, "drones"). The Commissioner's guidance is the first significant regulatory engagement on the use of UAS by a Hong Kong regulator.

The guidance is timely, as the potential commercial applications for UAS are now becoming more fully understood and are clearly vast, ranging from infrastructure maintenance, crop management and security through to the more headline catching possibilities of delivery of consumer products to your doorstep.

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