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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...

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...