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Hong Kong’s new anti-doxxing proposal could put tech companies at risk, says new letter


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A crowd of people wearing facemasks hold up signs in support of Hong Kong. Supporters of democracy in Hong Kong protest outside the Chinese embassy in London on July 1st | Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

A new letter from a tech industry group is driving home the risks of Hong Kong’s proposed anti-doxxing rules.

Sent to Hong Kong’s privacy commissioner for personal data by the Asia Internet Coalition (which counts Google, Apple and Facebook as members), the letter argues that the new measures will have an extreme impact on due process in Hong Kong, and could result in major US tech companies ceasing operations there. The letter was first obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

“The only way to avoid these sanctions for technology companies would be to refrain from... offering their services in Hong Kong.”

The letter comes in response to series of amendments to Hong Kong’s Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO), proposed by the privacy...

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