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‘Privacy Law’ pushes tech giants to leave Hong Kong

'Privacy Law' pushes tech giants to leave Hong Kong
‘Privacy Law’ pushes tech giants to leave Hong Kong

Tech workers have threatened to quit Hong Kong over a proposed data protection law that would harshly toughen penalties for violators.

An association of companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook has warned that Internet giants and their services will withdraw from Hong Kong if a stricter data protection decision is implemented.

The Internet Alliance in Asia has criticized the proposed legislation on personal information as being too vague and inappropriate, according to a letter to Hong Kong’s data protection commissioner, Ada Chung Lai-ling, posted Tuesday on the Internet Alliance’s website.

The privacy law was proposed after the personal information of police officers and other public figures, including names, addresses, and photos of individuals, was circulated online during social unrest in 2019 and 2020, according to the German news agency.

Dissemination of such private information without permission is considered a crime according to the proposed law, called

Personal Information Extraction

.

The Asia Internet alliance said it was

unnecessary and excessive

for local employees to be prosecuted as scheduled if companies based in other countries did not remove content from their platforms as those authorities demanded.

The coalition added in the letter, that:

The only way to avoid these sanctions for technology companies is to refrain from investing and providing their services in Hong Kong, and depriving consumers in Hong Kong of them, as it will cause new barriers to trade.

Also with

deep concern

about the draft

Personal Information Collection

law, and that laws

must be based on the principles of necessity and proportionality.

‘Privacy Law’ pushes tech giants to leave Hong Kong
‘Privacy Law’ pushes tech giants to leave Hong Kong

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