The Risks of Mobile Payment and Regulatory Responses: A Hong Kong Perspective
Asian Journal of Law and Society (Cambridge University Press) (Forthcoming)
Posted: 9 Apr 2020
Date Written: March 20, 2020
Mobile payment generally refers to transactions made through the applications of a portable electronic gadget without the transfer of cash. As one of the most disruptive technologies for finance, mobile payment has been rapidly transforming the traditional financial industry. While it brings important benefits, there are also various risks, in terms of liquidity, security and data privacy, which call for adequate regulatory responses. As a global financial centre, Hong Kong has gradually established a regulatory framework for mobile payment, addressing the relevant risks with rules on payment and privacy. However, there is still room for further improvement, in terms of measures to deal with cyber security issues and strengthen protection of personal data. The Hong Kong experiences suggest that to regulate a new and fast-growing industry such as mobile payment, the regulatory regime needs to be improved continuously to alleviate the risk concerns, so as to enhance protection of financial consumers and society at large.
Keywords: Mobile Payment, Fintech, Financial Regulation, Cyber Security, Data Privacy, Hong Kong
JEL Classification: E42, G21, K22
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