Our business has been built on trust between our customers and ourselves. To preserve the confidentiality of all information you provide to us, we maintain the following privacy principles:
By maintaining our commitment to these principles, we at HSBC will ensure that we respect the inherent trust that you place in us.
This section provides specific details of how we treat any personal information you might wish to provide us when you visit this site.
All practical steps will be taken to ensure that personal data will not be kept longer than necessary and that the Bank will comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region concerning the retention of personally identifiable information.
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This Statement is made by The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited ("we", "us", "our", including our successors and assigns) in accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Statement is intended to notify you why personal data is collected, how it will be used and to whom data access requests are to be addressed.
(a) We may collect the data of customers and other individuals in connection with the purposes set out in this Notice. These customers and other individuals may include the following or any of them (collectively “you”, “your”):
(b) If the data requested by us is not provided, we may be unable to provide (or continue to provide) products or services to you or to the relevant customer or applicant linked to you.
(c) Data may be:
i. collected from you directly, from someone acting on your behalf or from another source; and
ii. combined with other data available to members of the HSBC Group (“HSBC Group” and any “member of the HSBC Group” means HSBC Holdings plc and/or its affiliates, subsidiaries, associated entities and any of their branches and offices).
(d) We will use data for the following purposes or any of them (which may vary depending on the nature of your relationship with us):
i. considering and processing applications for products and services and the daily operation of products and services (including credit facilities provided to you or the relevant customer linked to you);
ii. conducting credit checks whenever appropriate (including upon an application for consumer credit (including mortgage loans) and when we review credit which normally takes place one or more times each year);
iii. creating and maintaining our credit and risk related models;
iv. assisting other financial institutions to conduct credit checks and collect debts;
v. ensuring your ongoing credit worthiness and good standing;
vi. designing financial products and services (including insurance, credit card, securities, commodities, investment, banking and related products and services) for your use;
vii. marketing products, services and other subjects as described in paragraph (f) below;
viii. determining the amount of indebtedness owed to or by you;
ix. exercising our rights under contracts with you, including collecting amounts outstanding from you;
x. meeting our obligations, requirements or arrangements or those of any member of the HSBC Group, whether compulsory or voluntary, to comply with or in connection with
xi. complying with any obligations, requirements, policies, procedures, measures or arrangements for sharing data and information within the HSBC Group and/or any other use of data and information in accordance with any programmes for compliance with sanctions or prevention or detection of money laundering, terrorist financing or other unlawful activities;
xii. conducting any action to meet our obligations or those of any member of the HSBC Group to comply with Laws or international guidance or regulatory requests relating to or in connection with the detection, investigation and prevention of money laundering, terrorist financing, bribery, corruption, tax evasion, fraud, evasion of economic or trade sanctions and/or any acts or attempts to circumvent or violate any Laws relating to these matters;
xiii. meeting our obligations or those of any member of the HSBC Group to comply with any demand or request from the Authorities;
xiv. enabling actual or proposed assignee(s) of all or any part of our business and/or assets, or participant(s) or sub-participant(s) of our rights in respect of you to evaluate the transaction intended to be the subject of the assignment, participation or sub-participation and enabling the actual assignee(s) to use your data in the operation of the business or rights assigned; and
xv. any other purposes relating to the purposes listed above.
(e) Data held by us or a member of the HSBC Group will be kept confidential but we or a member of the HSBC Group may provide data to the following parties or any of them (whether within or outside Hong Kong) for the purposes set out in paragraph (d) above:
i. any agents, contractors, sub-contractors or associates of the HSBC Group (including their employees, officers, agents, contractors, service providers and professional advisers);
ii. any third party service providers who provide services to us or any member of the HSBC Group in connection with the operation or maintenance of our business (including their employees and officers);
iii. any Authorities;
iv. any persons under a duty of confidentiality to us or a member of the HSBC Group which have undertaken to keep such data confidential;
v. the drawee bank providing a copy of a paid cheque (which may contain data about the payee) to the drawer;
vi. any persons acting on your behalf whose data are provided, payment recipients, beneficiaries, account nominees, intermediary, correspondent and agent banks, clearing houses, clearing or settlement systems, market counterparties, upstream withholding agents, swap or trade repositories, stock exchanges, companies in which you have an interest in securities (where such securities are held by us or any member of the HSBC Group) or any persons making any payment into a customer’s account;
vii. credit reference agencies, and, in the event of default, to debt collection agencies;
viii. any persons to whom we are or any member of the HSBC Group is under an obligation or required or expected to make disclosure for the purposes set out in, or in connection with, paragraph (d)(x), (d)(xi) or (d)(xii) above;
ix. any actual or proposed assignee(s) of ours or participant(s) or sub-participant(s) or transferee(s) of our rights in respect of you;
x. any persons giving or proposing to give a guarantee or security to guarantee or secure your obligations to us; and
Such data may be transferred in and to a place outside Hong Kong.
A. We may provide the following data relating to you (whether in sole name or joint names with others) to a CRA:
i. full name;
ii. capacity in respect of each mortgage (as borrower, mortgagor or guarantor);
iii. Hong Kong Identity Card Number or travel document number or certificate of incorporation number;
iv. date of birth or date of incorporation;
v. correspondence address;
vi. mortgage account number in respect of each mortgage;
vii. type of the facility in respect of each mortgage;
viii. mortgage account status in respect of each mortgage (e.g. active, closed, write-off); and
ix. if any, mortgage account closed date in respect of each mortgage.
The CRA will use the above data for the purposes of compiling a count of the number of mortgages from time to time held by you (as borrower, mortgagor or guarantor, whether in sole name or joint names with others) for sharing in the consumer credit database of the CRA by credit providers.
B. You can instruct us to make a request to the relevant CRA to delete from its database any account data relating to any credit that has been terminated by full repayment provided that there has not been, within five (5) years immediately before such termination, a default in payment under the credit for a period in excess of sixty (60) days according to our records.
C. If there is any default in payment, unless the amount in default is fully repaid or written off (other than due to bankruptcy order) before the expiry of sixty (60) days from the date of default, your account repayment data may be retained by the CRA until the expiry of five (5) years from the date of final settlement of the amount in default.
D. In the event of any amount being written off due to a bankruptcy order being made against you, the CRA may retain your account repayment data until the earlier of (i) the expiry of five (5) years from the date of final settlement of the amount in default, or (ii) the expiry of five (5) years from the date of your discharge from bankruptcy as notified to the CRA by you with evidence.
E. For the purposes of paragraphs C and D above, account repayment data are the amount last due, amount of payment made during the last reporting period, remaining available credit or outstanding balance and default data (being amount past due and number of days past due, date of settlement of amount past due, and date of final settlement of amount in material default (that is, default in payment for a period in excess of sixty (60) days) (if any)).
(f) Where you are a customer, we intend to use your data in direct marketing and we require your consent (which includes an indication of no objection) for that purpose. Please note that:
i. your name, contact details, products and other service portfolio information, transaction pattern and behavior, financial background and demographic data held by us from time to time may be used by us in direct marketing;
ii. the following classes of products, services and subjects may be marketed:
iii. the above products, services and subjects may be provided by or (in the case of donations and contributions) solicited by us and/or:
iv. in addition to marketing the above products, services and subjects ourselves, we may provide the data described in paragraph (f)(i) above to all or any of the persons described in paragraph (f)(iii) above for use by them in marketing those products, services and subjects, and we require your written consent (which includes an indication of no objection) for that purpose; and
v. we may receive money or other property in return for providing the data to the other persons in paragraph (f)(iv) above and, when requesting your consent or no objection as described in paragraph (f)(iv) above, we will inform you if we will receive any money or other property in return for providing the data to the other persons.
If you do not wish us to use or provide to other persons your data for use in direct marketing as described above, you may exercise your opt-out right by notifying us.
(g) Where you provide to us data about another person, you should give to that person a copy of this Notice and, in particular, tell him/her how we may use his/her data.
(h) You have the right:
i. to check whether we hold data about you and to access such data;
ii. to require us to correct any data relating to you which is inaccurate;
iii. to ascertain our policies and practices in relation to data and to be informed of the kind of data held by us; and
iv. in relation to consumer credit, to be informed on request which items of data are routinely disclosed to credit reference agencies or debt collection agencies, and be provided with further information to enable the making of an access and correction request to the relevant credit reference agency or debt collection agency.
(i) In accordance with the provisions of the Ordinance, we have the right to charge a reasonable fee for the processing of any data access request.
(j) You should send requests for access to data or correction of data or for information regarding policies and practices and kinds of data held to:
The Data Protection Officer
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
PO Box 72677
Kowloon Central Post Office
(k) We may have obtained a credit report on you from a credit reference agency in considering any application for credit. In the event you wish to access the credit report, we will advise the contact details of the relevant credit reference agency.
(l) Nothing in this Notice shall limit your rights as a data subject under the Ordinance.