In a new report from CNET, Tech Giants such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter are pausing User Data Requests from the Hong Kong Government as they examine the new National Security Law that was imposed on the nation to curb political expression. The new law, which took effect last week criminalizes “secession, subversion, organization, and preparation of terrorist activities and collusion with a foreign country.” Terrorist Acts such as Arson and Damage to Public Transportation, if found guilty under the new law, a person would face life imprisonment.
Tech Companies are still trying to fully understand the law’s impact on Political Expression and its Users. The Requests for User Data are sent to companies in Silicon Valley and routinely Governments throughout the world (including Hong Kong) as part of Criminal Investigations, for the moment it only targets “only a small minority” from what Hong Kong Officials have mentioned, but it has raised concerns with Human Rights Groups such as Amnesty International that police and law enforcement will use it to crackdown on Government Critics.
As mentioned in News Companies such as CNBC, The Guardian, BBC News, and the New York Times, Hong Kong has already made several arrests that involve Protestors that marched in a Pro-Democracy demonstration that violated the law. The first person arrested under the new law was denied bail by a Hong Kong Court, 23-Year-Old Tong Yong-Kit was accused of inciting separatism and terrorism after he was carrying a sign that read “LIBERATE HONG KONG” and then drove his motorcycle into Police. Gamers have been facing issues with Censorship due to Game Companies in fear of Backlash from Chinese Investors because of the recent conflict with Hong Kong Protests. For more on this ongoing story, CNET has the details.
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