Global Tech Platforms Stonewall Hong Kong Authorities’s Data RequestsMajor tech companies announced plans this month to suspend compliance with data requests from Hong Kong’s government following China’s enactment of a new national security law for the city.
In the latter half of 2019, Hong Kong authorities made 241 such requests of Facebook and WhatsApp.
But with the city’s security law in place, tech companies are worried that data requests could help Hong Kong’s authorities suppress speech they oppose.
Many analysts believe that tech companies’s noncompliance with data requests could jeopardize their long-term status in Hong Kong.
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