Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Home TECH WhatsApp to Pause Law Enforcement Requests for User Data in Hong Kong

WhatsApp to Pause Law Enforcement Requests for User Data in Hong Kong

Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service said on Monday it had “paused” processing law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong.

WhatsApp is “pausing” such reviews “pending further assessment of the impact of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with human rights experts,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

Hong Kong has enjoyed unrestricted Internet access unlike mainland China, where the likes of Google, Twitter and Facebook are blocked.

Last week, China’s parliament passed the national security legislation for Hong Kong, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule 23 years ago.

The sweeping legislation pushed the semi-autonomous city, which is the regional home for a large number of global financial companies, on to a more authoritarian path.

Some Hong Kong residents also said they were reviewing their previous posts on social media related to pro-democracy protests and the security law, and deleting ones they thought would be viewed as sensitive.

The legislation also pushed China further along a collision course with the United States, with which it is already in dispute over trade, the South China sea, and the coronavirus.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

 

Source link

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Indian Staffing Market will be the largest market in the world, today the industry is an over 6 billion dollar industry, says Mr Sultan...

Mumbai: According to Mr Sultan Khan, Founder & Director of EaseConnect HR Services Pvt. Ltd. Indian Staffing Market will be the largest market in...

HSE Interview Questions & Answers

What is Safety? The condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury is Called Safety. What is the accident? It is an...

Putham Pudhu Kaalai trailer: Five Tamil filmmakers bring five stories of love in the time of Covid-19

The trailer of Amazon Prime’s upcoming Tamil film Putham Pudhu Kaalai was unveiled on Monday by filmmaker Mani Ratnam and composer A.R Rahman. Tamil...