Global Voices Advocacy quoted Hong Kong Transparency Report’s latest research findings for its story on the police’s controversial arrests of online forum users during the months-long Occupy Hong Kong movement.
Police are legally required to obtain IP information from Internet service providers or online platforms before they take action to arrest netizens under the computer crime law. According to the latest transparency report released by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong government made a total of 5,511 user information requests (requests for users’ contact information, IP address, etc), out of which 3,846 requests (70%) were granted in 2013. The majority of these requests were made without a court order. Netizens who use these services are not informed of company protocols when their data is requested by law enforcement.
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