Stephen Kai-yi Wong

Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data

Commissioner Wong joined the Attorney General’s Chambers of the Hong Kong Government as Crown Counsel in 1986. In 1991, he was seconded to the UN Human Rights Committee, and in 1992, became the Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions. From 1996 to 2014, he assumed the offices of Deputy Solicitor-General; Founding Director of Berlin Economic and Trade Office; and Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission, responsible for human rights; cross-boundary legal affairs; Constitutional law issues; legal policies; economic and trade affairs (Central and Eastern Europe) and law reform. His fields of legal practice also include commercial law, arbitration law, intellectual property and criminal law. Commissioner Wong is an adjunct professor of the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong, and advocacy examiner of the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong and earned an LLM from the London School of Economics. Commissioner Wong also pursued management courses at Harvard and Wharton, USA. He was appointed as Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data of Hong Kong in August 2015, overseeing a fair enforcement of data protection law, allocating additional resources in education, and engaging elated industry to strengthening the culture of respecting personal data privacy by complementing legal compliance with data ethics, as well as maintaining a proper balance between free flow of information and data protection without unduly compromising ICT and economic development.