Google Has Stopped Responding To Data Requests from Hong Kong Authorities

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    Google will stop responding to requests for data from Hong Kong authorities with the search giant instead directing requests for user data to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the United States that is done in conjunction with the Department of Justice. From a report: The move comes after a new national security law imposed by China curbed political expression. Although Hong Kong officials have said that the law would only target a “small minority,” human rights groups such as Amnesty International are concerned that police will use the new law as a way to crack down on government critics with those that are found guilty potentially facing life imprisonment. Google, Facebook and Twitter each announced in July that they were pausing the review of the Hong Kong government requests for user data to study the new law, with Google now taking the next step in stopping responding directly. “Since the new national security law was enacted in June, we have not produced data in response to new requests from Hong Kong authorities and that remains the case,” a Google spokesperson tells CNET in a statement. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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