Facebook, Twitter and Google threaten Hong Kong shutdown over new data law

Big expertise corporations together with Facebook, Twitter and Google have threatened to close down their providers in Hong Kong if town goes forward with a new data law.

Hong Kong legislators plan to introduce new laws designed to stop “doxing”, through which individuals’s personal data reminiscent of their handle or contact particulars are revealed on-line.

Doxing occurred throughout Hong Kong protests in 2019 and has turn into a goal of town’s authorities.

Tech companies have now warned that proposed penalties directed at social media companies over doxing might pressure them to disable their providers in Hong Kong.

In a letter despatched to Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) affiliation that represents a gaggle of expertise companies known as on Hong Kong to tweak its proposed anti-doxing legal guidelines.

Legislation that will impose fines of as much as £92,000 and jail sentences of as much as 5 years on workers of social media companies if individuals used their websites to dox others might end in providers leaving Hong Kong totally, the letter warned.

Jeff Paine, the affiliation’s managing director, wrote: “The solely solution to keep away from these sanctions for expertise corporations can be to chorus from investing and providing their providers in Hong Kong, thereby depriving Hong Kong companies and customers, while additionally creating new boundaries to commerce. 

“The possibility of prosecuting subsidiary employees will create uncertainties for businesses and affect Hong Kong’s development as an innovation and technology hub.”

The Singapore-based affiliation represents tech corporations together with Facebook, Twitter and Google in addition to Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn and Airbnb.

The AIC additionally expressed concern over remarks made by Hong Kong’s legislative council in May when it prompt that web sites may very well be shut down in the event that they often host doxing data.

“Shutting down or blocking the access of websites in their entirety would be a disproportionate response and may create unintended consequences,” Mr Paine wrote.

Last year, Facebook, Twitter and Google suspended processing authorities requests from Hong Kong for consumer data following the institution of town’s sweeping nationwide safety law.

Viral video app TikTok halted its operations in Hong Kong totally final year and continues to dam entry to customers within the metropolis.

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