Companies Ordinance

Company filings and directors' addresses in Hong Kong

There are over a million companies registered in Hong Kong and thousands of company searches are done every day.

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

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

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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

Dieter Yih

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

The existing system for accessing and using Companies Registry data is not designed on open data principles that enable queries beyond simple company searches. Photo: Bloomberg

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

A vendor objects to high rent rises. Photo: David Wong

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

Labour unions marched to protest against the possible restriction to information access. Photo: Bloomberg

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

The pope has always been a source of strength. Photo: EPA

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

A good case for limiting access to 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

Small money for small caps?

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

Lawmakers lax on scrutinising legislation

Legco should do its homework. Photo: Bloomberg

The Leung administration has had to weather quite a few political storms for which it has mostly itself to blame. But in a few cases, the legislative branch should also share responsibility, yet has largely escaped censure for its inattention and unreliability.

5 Feb 2013 - 6:49am 4 comments

Hong Kong must retain open access to company data

Hong Kong must retain open access to company data. Photo: EPA

The government's attempt to shield the identity of company directors under the guise of protecting privacy is not merely an invitation to fraud and corruption; it reveals a basic misunderstanding of the purpose of a company.

3 Feb 2013 - 3:20am 7 comments

Journalists back petition against privacy law

Mak Yin-ting, Chairperson of The Hong Kong Journalists Association. Photo: Edward Wong

The Hong Kong Journalists Association says it has received a "record-breaking" response to an industry-wide petition against the proposed change to the Companies Ordinance, with hundreds of signatures from the city's local and foreign media.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am 1 comment

Rights to privacy may come at a high price

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: David Wong

How much privacy should be afforded someone who becomes a director of a listed company that raises money from the public and financial institutions, and how much transparency is in the public interest?

21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am 1 comment

Privacy chief backs law changes

Privacy commissioner Allan Chiang Yam-wang. Photo: May Tse

The city's privacy watchdog said it supports the proposed changes to the companies law which would limit public access to directors' information, saying uncontrolled access might cause harm to the person.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:34am