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Tech companies threaten to quit Hong Kong over privacy law

Facebook, Google, and other tech companies have threatened to quit Honk Kong over privacy law concerns.

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Facebook, Google, and other tech companies have threatened to quit Honk Kong over privacy law concerns.

All such services have further announced to stop providing their services to Hong Kong if it fails to comply with privacy policies. 

The warning came in a letter sent by the Asia Internet Coalition, of which all three companies, in addition to Apple Inc, Linked In and others, are members. The individuals, after the latest amendment to the privacy laws, may face serious sanctions for not complying with any of the terms of the law. 

In the six-page document, AIC managing director Jeff Paine acknowledged the proposed amendments focus on the safety and personal data privacy of individuals. “However, we wish to stress that doxing is a matter of serious concern,” he wrote.

The social platforms have denied breaching the privacy policies. The administration must remember the pro-democracy protests in 2019. The details of some officers’ home addresses and children’s schools were also exposed by anti-government protesters, some of whom threatened them and their families online.

A sweeping crackdown on opposition and dissent by Hong Kong authorities accelerated with the implementation of the Beijing-designed national security law last year. More than 10,000 people have been arrested for the protests, and at least 128, including journalists and politicians, concerning new national security offenses. The Hong Kong government has rejected international criticism of its crackdown and instead vowed to further strengthen laws.

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