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August 8, 2013

HK Customs casts a wide net against crime

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. All the requests were acceded to.
August 8, 2013

Google rebuffs some government requests

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 […]
August 8, 2013

Who owns government maps?

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 public for public information. In contrast, many governments offer information to the public for free.
August 8, 2013

Tax collector wraps requests in secrecy

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 whether the requests were acceded to, and whether the requests were made under court orders. Of the 11 government departments included in the government's release of data, the IRD is the only one that has refused to give details of its requests.
August 8, 2013

Health Department battles illegal medicines online

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 the online service providers. The identities of the ISP's involved were not revealed. These thousands of requests represent 96% of all content removal requests by Hong Kong government departments.
August 8, 2013

Police top requests for online data

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 ask for information about their online users. The requests were refused in some cases because the registered users of the IP addresses are located outside Hong Kong. The police say they have sought the information mostly to investigate criminal activities involving technology or "crimes related to the use of the Internet."