19 Dec 2014 Hong Kong needs independent body to supervise government requests for web users’ data: researchers
South China Morning Post covered the launch of Hong Kong Transparency Report 2014 and highlighted the report’s key research findings and policy recommendations.
The city needs an independent body to supervise thousands of requests by the government to obtain the personal data of web and mobile users from service providers, University of Hong Kong researchers say.
It should also set up a system to notify users when the authorities sought their information, the researchers suggested.
They acknowledged, however, that the major reasons behind the requests were crime prevention and detection and law enforcement.
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