July 2013

References in this report to "The Hong Kong Government" can indicate either the office of the chief executive or the various Government departments. We will endeavour to be as clear as possible about which department we are referring to. In general, we encourage a more robust position by the office of the...

Microsoft has released a transparency report detailing Law Enforcement requests for 2012.  The following is the data released for Hong Kong: Total Requests: 1,041 Accounts or Users Specified in Requests: 1,041 Requests Resulting in Disclosure of Content: 0% / 0 Requests Resulting in Disclosure of Only Subscriber/Transactional (Non-Content) Data: 79% / 822 Requests Resulting...

Hong Kong residents, both permanent and non-permanent, are covered by the Basic Law, which guarantees protection from arbitrary or unlawful arrest, detention or imprisonment, and which confers the right to freedom of speech, of the press and of publication. The Internet has had a profound impact on the daily...

The Hong Kong Basic Law is the document governing the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Freedom of speech and privacy are guaranteed in Article 27 and Article 30 respectively....

Charles Mok is the Legislative Council member responsible for setting this transparency report in motion. On February 6, 2013, he made a formal request in LegCo that the Hong Kong Government disclose information about user requests it has been making.  On the same day, Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic...

The OpenNet Initiative has proposed a basic format for recording, tracking and sharing of information about the requests Internet organizations receive for content removal or user account details. While the HK Transparency Report has adopted this format as a basic approach, we will seek to adapt it to local situations. One limitation...

The Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association (HKISPA) has as its mission to discuss issues, promote development and promulgate policy that affects Internet usage, and to establish a code of practice for the association's members. The association has confirmed that it is aware of transparency issues, and its members are reportedly working on...