August 2013

The Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) of The University of Hong Kong is pleased to launch the Hong Kong Transparency Report on the occasion of Wikimania 2013. The report, made possible with support from Google, will provide an ongoing analysis of the data released by...

The Customs and Excise Department has contacted 25 local ISP's to make a total of 1,6575 requests for the name and the Hong Kong identity card numbers of Internet users. The department cited crime prevention and detection as reasons for its aggressive policing of the Internet....

Google has rejected requests by the Customs and Excise Department for the IP address of an Internet user on the ground that the department should have invoked the legal procedures of the United States. However, the government was successful in getting YouTube, which is owned by...

The Lands Department has been zealous in guarding what it terms "Government's copyright" by going after websites that have posted its maps online. The department succeeded in three cases in forcing the websites to remove the maps in question. The Government has been criticized for charging the...

The Inland Revenue Department has refused to disclose details of its 13 requests to ISP's for user data, citing the secrecy provisions of the Business Ordinance and the Inland Revenue Ordinance. The Department says that it could not reveal the details of the information requested, including...

The illegal sale of controlled or unregistered Chinese medicines online has become a major concern of the Department of Health. To combat these sales, the department has asked 16 online platforms to remove 6,754 web links from their sites. All the requests were acceded to by...

A whopping 86% of government requests for online user data have come from the Police Department, official data show. Over the three-year period from 2010 to 2012, the Hong Kong Police handled a total of 6864 cases of technology crime and contacted ISP's 12,501 times to...

The term "Internet organizations" refers to a broad range of companies and groups, including first and foremost Internet Service Providers (ISP's), companies that provide access to the Internet.  There are two types of ISP's, Internet Access Services (IAS) and International Value-Added Network Services (IVANS).   Both...