Disclosure of Protected Information to Specified Persons
Notwithstanding commencement of Phase 2, the following designated types of persons ("Specified Persons") can apply to the Companies Registry for access to Protected Information of directors and other persons of companies:
- a data subject
- a person who is authorized in writing by a data subject to obtain the information
- a member of the company (e.g., a shareholder of a company limited by shares)
- a liquidator
- a trustee in bankruptcy
- a public officer or public body
- a person specified in the Schedule to the Companies (Residential Addresses and Identification Numbers) Regulation (Cap. 622N) as a scheduled person 
- a solicitor or foreign lawyer who practices law in a Hong Kong law firm
- a certified public accountant (practising)
- a financial institution or designated non-financial businesses and professions
What do companies need to do?
In filing prescribed forms with the Companies Registry after 24 October 2022, a Hong Kong company still has to provide the Protected Information, but only the correspondence addresses and partial identification numbers will be available for public inspection. The company must also include the correspondence addresses of its natural person directors in its own register of directors.
For a local company and a non-Hong Kong company registered before 24 October 2022, the Companies Registry records the company’s principal place of business in Hong Kong as the correspondence address of its natural person directors. After the commencement of Phase 2, a director’s correspondence address will be updated if a separate form to report such address is filed with the Companies Registry. Post office box numbers cannot be used as correspondence addresses of directors.
To facilitate the implementation of Phase 2, the Companies Registry has revised 26 specified forms for public use starting from 24 October 2022 in order to facilitate the reporting of correspondence addresses and identification numbers of officers and other relevant individuals. A “PI-sheet” is also added to each relevant form for reporting Protected Information which will not be made available for public inspection.