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Hyperlink policy

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) allows a third party to create a hyperlink from its website (the host website) to the SFC’s website (www.sfc.hk) provided that the SFC’s policies set out below with regard to creating such a hyperlink are complied with.

Unless otherwise stated, all copyright and other intellectual property rights in the materials on the SFC’s website belong to the SFC.

Materials on the SFC’s website may be downloaded or printed for personal use or for use within an individual firm or organisation but may only be used for personal viewing purposes or for viewing within that firm or organisation. Such materials may not be reproduced for or distributed to third parties, or used for commercial purposes, without the SFC's prior written consent. Consent is not required where extracts of no more than a few relevant paragraphs are to be copied to third parties incidental to advice or other activities.

The SFC shall not be responsible for any loss or damage, howsoever caused, arising from the use of or inability to use the SFC’s website or use of or reliance upon any information or material provided on the SFC’s website.  The SFC endeavours to ensure that the information contained on the SFC’s website is accurate as at the date of publication, but does not warrant its accuracy or accept any liability (including third party liability) for any loss or damage, whether or not arising from any error or omission in compiling such information.

Any hyperlink created should be set to point to the relevant webpage of the SFC’s website rather than featuring the content itself, so as to ensure that the updated version is accessed.

To the extent that any linkages to the SFC’s website are created, the SFC’s website must be presented in a way that fairly represents the SFC’s role.

There must be no reproduction of the SFC logo.

The hyperlinks are created for convenience. The SFC does not sponsor or endorse these third parties and the SFC’s website shall not be deemed to be part of any sites or pages maintained by such third parties.

The context of the text must not give users of the host website an impression that the host website is sponsored or endorsed by the SFC.  The context of the link must not suggest that the SFC has created any of the host website’s contents, that is, the source of the host website’s materials must be clear.

In creating hyperlinks on the host website to the SFC’s website, at no time should the SFC’s website appear to be part of the host website (i.e. no framing of the SFC’s website).The SFC reserves the right at any time to determine the way in which the hyperlink is to be structured or require removal of any link to the SFC’s website.

The SFC is not obliged to establish a reciprocal link to the host website following the establishment of a hyperlink from the host website to the SFC’s website unless the SFC gives its prior written agreement to do so.

The SFC does not allow a link to the SFC’s website if the host website contains any material which is libellous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene, or is in any way in breach of the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or infringes any intellectual property rights or other rights.

In addition, the host website is required to display the following information prominently beside any such hyperlink:

You should pay careful attention to the Disclaimer on of the SFC’s website when referring to information using this link.

The SFC reserves the right to modify the above policies at any time.


Last update: 4 Oct 2019

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