Equinix Colocation in Hong Kong – Building a Data Governance Program

The PDPO defines personal data as any information which relates to an individual whether directly or indirectly and is capable of being identified. It also stipulates that personal data cannot be used for any purpose other than that for which it was collected, unless it is authorised by law or the subject has given consent. It also requires that data be stored securely and that there are arrangements for deleting obsolete information. It also provides for exemptions where use of personal data is necessary for the protection of Hong Kong’s security, defence and international relations, crime prevention or detection, assessment or collection of any tax or duty, news activities, due diligence exercises and life-threatening emergency situations.

A good data governance framework starts with a vision and a business case. The vision describes the broad strategic goal for building a program, while the business case outlines the specific opportunity for the organization. The business case should specify the people (roles), technologies and processes that will support your organization’s goals for the data governance program.

To make sure that the program is successful, you need to have the right team members in place. Ideally, data stewards are both business and IT subject matter experts. These individuals can act as bridges between the two organizations and communicate how your governance framework affects their business processes and decisions. They can also help identify and drive ongoing audits and metrics that measure program effectiveness and ROI. They can also be the primary point of escalation for data governance issues to executive sponsors and steering committees.

Another key team member is the data governance leader. This person coordinates tasks for the stewards and helps them communicate the decisions they’ve made to others in the organization. They can also be the primary point of contact for data governance issues and serve as a liaison between the executive sponsor and steering committee.

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most carrier-dense network hubs, with a dense concentration of enterprises, networks and IT services providers. Equinix’s colocation facilities connect customers into this rich industry ecosystem, providing direct interconnection to a wide range of network service providers in one of Asia’s most connected cities.