Google broke promise – Provided user data to Hong Kong


Google provided user data to the Hong Kong administration last year, although the company promised not to process data requests from the authorities, Hong Kong Free Press says. The company says it has produced data on three requests from the Hong Kong administration. Two requests concerned trafficking in human beings and the third concerned a threat to the life of a human being.

According to the company, none of the three responses contained user content data.

Last August, Google said it would stop responding to data requests from the Hong Kong administration until the requests are made in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice. The movement was a response to China’s new Hong Kong security law, which would allow those convicted of the revolution to spend the rest of their lives in prison, The Verge says. China has in the past used similar laws to detain protesters. Facebook and Twitter also stopped responding to data requests due to the new law.


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