Security laws: Google ends direct cooperation with Hong Kong authorities

Because of the controversial security law, Google has stopped working with the Hong Kong authorities. The group will no longer answer data queries directly, he said. Like the Washington Post reported, Google will ask the authorities in future inquiries to seek legal assistance at the state level – a process that can take weeks or months.

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The police in the special administrative zone took massive action against activists at the beginning of the week. The arrests in this regard are based on the security law enforced by the Chinese government in June. It is considered a massive encroachment on the autonomy that the city was promised for at least 50 years when it was handed over to China in 1997. It allows the communist leadership in Beijing to take action against activities in the Special Administrative Region that it classifies as subversive, separatist, terrorist or a conspiracy with foreign forces.

Shortly after the law was passed, WhatsApp announced that it would no longer disclose user data to the authorities. TikTok has completely withdrawn from Hong Kong. In July, the US attorney general warned major US technology companies not to cooperate with China.


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