Policies & Disclaimer


Your privacy on the internet is of the utmost importance to us. Young Friends has its own Personal Information Collection Statement (“Statement”) and this Statement will demonstrate how Young Friends collects, uses, and safeguards your personal data from www.yfs.artsfestival.org (“the Website”) and assists you in making informed decisions when using the Website and our services. We endeavour to continuously access our privacy practices in light of new technology, business practices and our members’ needs. Our privacy policy may therefore be amended from time to time. You should therefore check this Statement regularly to ensure that you are aware of our latest policies.

What information do we collect?

Young Friends collects two types of information from you: personal data you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis and the website users’ information collected on an aggregate basis when you and others browse the Website.

1.Personal data you choose to provide


During the registration process prior to using the services of the Website, we require that you supply your name, HKID, email address, contact number, birthday, gender, address, education, and personal interest, etc. Failure to provide such information may result in our being unable to provide you with our services. On occasion, we may also collect additional personal data from you in connection with activity registrations, member surveys, competitions and/or our promotional activities, etc.

In addition to providing the foregoing personal data to us, if you choose to correspond further with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses. We provide the same protection to these electronic communications that we employ in the maintenance of information received by mail and telephone.

2.Website user information


A cookie is a small data file that certain websites write to your hard drive when you visit them. A cookie file may contain information such as a user ID with which the site users can track the pages you have visited. But the only personal data a cookie contains is information you supply yourself. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. When you view the Website, we may use cookies to store some information on your computer. We may save your password and other personal data so that they do not need to be re-entered.

We also log IP addresses, or the location of your computer on the internet for system administration and troubleshooting purposes. We may also use IP address logs to track your session or your behaviour on the Website.

Protection of personal data

Young Friends does not collect any personal data about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us. You provide your personal data to us when you register as a member of Young Friends or for an activity on the Website. Your account is only accessible through the use of your login ID and password. If you forget your password, you should immediately contact us at afyfs@hkaf.org

How do we use your personal data?

Essentially, we use your personal data for purposes of administering our activities, providing member services and making available other services to you and other prospective members. We may also use your personal data to notify you about important changes to the Website, new activities and special offers, if there are any that we think you will be interested in.

The main purposes for which your personal data may be used by us are:

  • Processing your application or registration for our services, enquiry or feedback
  • Incorporation into our membership database
  • Provision of contents in response to enquiries and complaints
  • Operation
  • Surveys
  • Direct marking and advertising
  • Comply with disclosure requirements under any law applicable in or outside Hong Kong
  • Public notices
  • Auditing
  • Other related purposes

Third parties disclosure

Your personal data held by us will be kept confidential but we may provide such data to:

  • Banks and other financial institutions in connection with the collection of payments
  • Any person, agent, advisor, auditor, contractor or service provider who provides services or advice to us in connection with our operations
  • Any person under a duty of confidentiality to us
  • Any person to whom we are required to make disclosure under any law application in Hong Kong

You should also note that the personal data privacy protection as set out in this Statement does not apply to personal data which is passed to third parties, and we are not responsible for the protection of your personal data or lack thereof by such third parties.

Modification of your personal data, opt out, and deletion of your personal data

You can modify the personal data you previously provided, or opt out of receiving email messages from us and delete your member account at any time. Please send us your request of personal data modification by email to afyfs@hkaf.org or by post to:

Young Friends of the Hong Kong Arts Festival
Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Limited
12/F, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai
Tel: 2824 2203
Fax: 2824 3798

How long do we keep your personal data

We will keep your personal data for as long as it is necessary to serve you or to continue to provide services you have requested. We will retain your personal data for a reasonable period if you cease to be our member or subscriber unless the law requires us to keep it for longer.

Employee access

In general, our business practice limits employee access to confidential information, and limits the use and disclosure of such information to authorised persons, processes and transactions. Employees or other personnel designated to handle personal data will be instructed to do in accordance with the terms of this Statement.

What about other websites’ links to the Website?

Please note that the Website contains links to other sites. When you use a link to go from the Website to another website, this Statement is no longer in effect. Your browsing and interruption on other websites, including websites that have a link to the Website, is subject to that website’s own rules and policies which may differ from those of the Website.

We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from the Website nor the information or contents contained therein.

Your consent

By continuing using the Website you consent to our collection and use of your personal data as described in this Statement.


Unless otherwise indicated, the contents found on Young Friends website (www.yfs.artsfestival.org) are subject to copyright owned by the Young Friends of the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF). The HKAF gives permission for information on this website to be downloaded and reproduced provided that the reproduction is for non-commercial use. Further, Young Friends of the Hong Kong Arts Festival should be acknowledged as the source when reproducing any part of, or when quoting any information contained in, this website.


The information provided in this website is for general educational purposes and reference only. External links included on this website are for users’ convenience and the Young Friends of the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) is not responsible for their content.

If you find any problem with the contents, or if you believe your copyright has been infringed, or if you would like a hyperlink to your site removed, please notify us at the following e-mail address: afyfs@hkaf.org.