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Companies Ordinance

Company filings and directors' addresses in Hong Kong

Just before Easter the government announced that those sections of the Companies Ordinance 2012 that restrict public access to company director residential addresses and full identification card numbers would not become operative when the law takes effect next year.

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 2:40pm

Rethink on disclosure rules for company directors prudent

In a welcome change, officials have decided to shelve a contentious law restricting public access to personal details of company directors, amid growing concerns that such a provision may have compromised press freedom and legitimate business activities.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:29am

Government tries to bury embarrassing climbdown

We see that the government has adopted the time-honoured approach to dealing with bad news. We are referring to its embarrassing climbdown on the issue of the publication of directors' identity card numbers.

29 Mar 2013 - 4:16am 2 comments

Right to privacy and information is balancing act

Recently, I have been asked repeatedly about the Law Society’s views on amendments made to the Companies Ordinance, specifically on one issue relating to the availability of directors’ residential addresses for public inspection.

26 Mar 2013 - 4:50am

Keep data on national company registries open and searchable

As one of the most efficient e-services provided by the Hong Kong government, the Companies Registry regularly receives awards and recognitions. The e-Registry service in particular is popular, with around 2 million website visits per year.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:51am

Letters to the Editor, February 21, 2013

Without a law to protect homosexuals from discrimination, it is believed this minority group will suffer emotionally, especially in the workplace.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:46am 2 comments

Rule on disclosure of company directors' data seeks balance

Ever since the news broke last month that changes would be made to the Companies Ordinance that would make it harder for the media to obtain the personal data of company directors, the liberal media have cried foul and fired pot shots at the government for restricting media access. "Secrecy breeds corruption," the Hong Kong Journalists Association warned.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:59am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, February 14, 2013

Government proposals to implement the new Companies Ordinance and reinforce the privacy company directors already enjoy have aroused a lot of opposition from the media.

14 Feb 2013 - 1:29am 3 comments

Open access to directors' names, but not their home addresses

The recent debate about the government proposals to restrict access to the personal information of company directors has been one-sided, so it is useful to re-examine the arguments carefully to see which elements, if any, of the proposals are justified, taking into account press freedom, access to information and privacy.

6 Feb 2013 - 4:26am 4 comments

The ducks are not talking to the chickens, says Steve Vickers

The row over the Hong Kong government's changes to the Companies Ordinance and the non-disclosure of directors' Hong Kong identity card numbers rumbles on. The move was condemned by panelists at yesterday's lunchtime discussion at the Foreign Correspondents Club entitled, "Will Corporate Transparency Survive in Hong Kong."

6 Feb 2013 - 4:39am