As the International Right to Know Day is coming this Sunday, the Hong Kong Transparency Report, a project run by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, the University of Hong Kong, is excited to launch the 2014 report on Hong Kong government’s data and content removal requests towards online service providers.
During our research and numerous correspondences with government officers, we are able to set up an enhanced database storing the number of government requests, service providers involved and users affected in the past four years. We have also identified critical issues, such as the lack of transparency in government disclosure and the absence of an independent oversight body, that raise a serious concern as to what is keeping the government power in check when it is attempting to access or remove user information online.
We believe Hong Kong Internet users have the right to know how their data are being accessed and handled by other parties, and the government has the obligation to respect users’ privacy and regularly disclose its data and removal requests made to service providers during its criminal investigation and law enforcement processes.
Below is an executive summary of our key findings. For a detailed data analysis as well as our policy recommendations, please refer to the full edition: Hong Kong Transparency Report 2014.
User Information Requests:
Content Removal Requests:
If you have any questions on this report, please contact:
Jennifer Zhang, +852 3917 1652, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hong Kong Transparency Report would not exist if the government were more transparent and voluntarily disclosed information about these requests.
The PDF version of the report: Hong Kong Transparency Report 2014