09 Jan 2015 In Hong Kong, user data flows freely (to authorities)
Global Voices Advocacy quoted Hong Kong Transparency Report’s research findings on the problematic government data requests, particularly during the Occupy period, in Netizen Report: China Adds Yet Another Layer of Control to the Internet.
The Hong Kong Transparency Report for 2013 revealed that service providers granted 70 percent of government requests for user data, despite not being required under law to comply with the requests, absent a court order. In all, five government agencies made 5,511 requests for online user data, the vast majority of which did not include a court order—particularly problematic in light of several arrests during the Occupy Central movement of several online forum users, who posted messages urging people to take to the streets.
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