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Introduction

“MyObservatory” is a personalized weather service developed in-house by the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) in early 2010. Making use of positioning software to estimate the user’s location, “MyObservatory” automatically displays the latest weather information from the weather station(s) closest to the user, including temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, wind direction, wind speed and webcam photo. Moreover, it also provides weather forecast and weather warning related information.

There are a number of versions of “MyObservatory”:
  • iPhone/iPad Version

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  • Android Version

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  • Windows Phone Version

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The personalized weather service “MyObservatory” has been well received with high popularity.

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Awards Received

“MyObservatory” won a Gold and a Silver award in two different categories respectively in the renowned Hong Kong Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Award 2011.
- Best Public Service Application (Small Scale project)
- Best Ubiquitous Networking (Mobile Infotainment)

The judging panel commented that “MyObservatory” really moves the government services from desktop computer to mobile devices for citizens who are on the move and sets up a good role model for other government or commercial services to follow.

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Privacy Policy Statement  

The protection of privacy in relation to personal data is the concern of every member of staff in the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO). We respect personal data and are committed to fully implementing and complying with the data protection principles and all relevant provisions of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance.

iOS version

  1. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (including its servants and agents) (“the Government”) will record visits to the “MyObservatory” (“the app”) without collecting any personal identifiable information from users. Such general statistics are collected to compile statistical reports and diagnose problems with, or concerning, computer systems to help improve the app.
  2. To provide location-based weather service, the app would get user’s location and present data that is most relevant to the user by retrieving information from servers of the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO). User’s locations would not be transmitted out from the app (except for users who turn on Location-based Rain Forecast service. Please see paragraph 5 below for details.).
  3. To allow user to gain access to HKO’s Dial-A-Weather (DAW) service, the app would call the DAW hotline when user presses DAW link in the app. The app would not access any information in the address book of user’s smartphone.
  4. To provide weather warnings and special weather tips, the app will save on HKO’s data servers user’s preferences on receiving such information through Push Notification. No personal identifiable information from users would, however, be saved.
  5. To provide Location-based Rain Forecast service, the app will save on HKO’s data servers user’s location (only when the Location-based Rain Forecast is turned on) and settings on receiving rain forecast through Push Notification. No personal identifiable information from users would, however, be saved.

Android version

  1. The HKO will record visits to the “MyObservatory” (“the app”) without collecting any personal identifiable information from users. Such general statistics are collected to compile statistical reports and diagnose problems with, or concerning, computer systems to help improve the app.
  2. To provide location-based weather service, the app would get user’s location and present data that is most relevant to the user by retrieving information from servers of the HKO. User’s locations would not be transmitted out from the app. This feature requires user’s authorization on “approximate location (network-based)” and “precise location (GPS and network-based)”.
  3. To allow user to gain access to HKO’s Dial-A-Weather (DAW) service, the app would call the DAW hotline when user presses DAW link in the app. The app would not access to any information in the address book of user’s smartphone. This feature requires user’s authorization on “directly call phone numbers”.
  4. To reduce waiting time for downloading data after loading the app with a view to improving user experience, the app would store downloaded data on user’s smartphone. This feature requires user’s authorization on “modify or delete the contents of your USB storage”.
  5. As Google map is employed for displaying data in “Storm Track”, “Lightning Location” and “Radiation Level”, the app requires user’s authorization on “read Google service configuration”.
  6. The app may use camera lens of the smartphone in the “My Weather Report” feature, and save the photos taken by users on user’s smartphone. The app would not access any information in photo album of the smartphone.
  7. The app supports sharing of information via third party service providers (“Share” function). If you use the “Share” function, please refer to the privacy policy of corresponding service providers.

Windows Phone version

  1. The HKO will record visits to the “MyObservatory” ("the app") without collecting any personal identifiable information from users. Such general statistics are collected to compile statistical reports and diagnose problems with, or concerning, computer systems to help improve the app.
  2. To provide location-based weather service, the app would get user’s location and present data that is most relevant to the user by retrieving information from servers of the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO). User’s locations would not be transmitted out from the app.
  3. To allow user to gain access to HKO’s Dial-A-Weather (DAW) service, the app would call the DAW hotline when user presses DAW link in the app. The app would not access any information in the address book of user’s smartphone.
  4. To provide weather warnings, the app will save on HKO's data servers phone identity and user's preferences on receiving such information through Push Notification. No personal identifiable information from users would, however, be saved.
  5. The app supports sharing of information via third party service providers (“Share” function). If you use the “Share” function of the app, please refer to the privacy policy of corresponding service providers.
  6. The app may user camera lens of the smartphone in the "My Weather Report" feature, and save the photos taken by users on user's smartphone. The app would no access any information in photo album of the smartphone.

Contact Us 

If you have any suggestions about “MyObservatory” weather services, please feel free to contact us.

iOS/Android Users: hkowm@hko.gov.hk

Windows Phone Users: hkoappwindows@hko.gov.hk

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