WWW10 conference logo

WWW10 Web and Society Track

WWW10 Home

Contact Us
Thursday, May 3
SN1 14:30-16:00
Privacy Panel
S2 16:30-18:00
Web and Everyday Life - chaired by David Singer, IBM
Friday, May 4
S3 10:30-12:00
Web and Media
CN7 13:15-14:45
S4 15:15-16:45
Web and Social Communication

SN1 Internet Privacy Approaches Around the World

  • Professor Ray Wacks, University of Hong Kong

Panel members:

  • Mr Stephen Lau, Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner
  • Mr Daniel J Weitzner, W3C, Boston
  • Mr Rigo Wenning, W3C, France
  • Dr John Bacon-Shone, University of Hong Kong


One of the key social issues affecting use of the web is privacy. Different countries have taken different approaches. Some have characterised the two extremes as a European approach based on legal enforcement of principles across all sectors, both private and public versus a US approach being sector specific and largely relying on self-regulation rather than the law. Clearly, this is an over-simplification!

Arguably, Hong Kong has a European style data protection law, but implemented in a business friendly way.

What can we learn from the similarities and dissimilarities in approaches across the world to identify the way forward?

Last Updated: July 5, 2001