Hong Kong’s chief on Tuesday disregarded a warning by main tech corporations together with Google, Fb and Twitter that they could give up the monetary hub if authorities push forward with a brand new privateness legislation.
Metropolis authorities have unveiled plans to cross a brand new legislation concentrating on “doxxing” — the act of publishing somebody’s non-public particulars on-line to allow them to be harassed by others.
However the broad wording of the proposed laws has spooked main tech corporations who concern they could possibly be held liable and their workers prosecuted for customers’ content material.
They detailed their considerations in a letter despatched to Hong Kong’s authorities by the Asia Web Coalition which incorporates tech giants resembling Google, Fb, Twitter, LinkedIn and Apple.
“Introducing sanctions aimed toward people is just not aligned with international norms and traits,” the letter, which was dated 25 June however made public this week, warned.
“The one technique to keep away from these sanctions for know-how corporations could be to chorus from investing and providing their providers in Hong Kong, thereby depriving Hong Kong companies and shoppers, while additionally creating new obstacles to commerce,” it added.
Requested concerning the warning on Tuesday, town’s chief govt Carrie Lam dismissed these considerations.
“We’re concentrating on unlawful doxxing and empowering the privateness commissioners to analyze and perform operations, that is it,” she informed reporters.
Lam likened the brand new information privateness powers to a nationwide safety legislation that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong final yr to stamp out dissent after enormous and sometimes violent democracy protests in 2019.
Lam stated that safety legislation had been “slandered and defamed”.
“It is the identical case for the privateness legislation,” she concluded.
She added that town’s privateness fee could be comfortable to fulfill with tech trade representatives to take care of any anxieties they could have.
However she recommended that her authorities was decided to press forward with fast-tracking the brand new laws.
“After all, it might be superb to alleviate this nervousness after we make the laws. However generally it must be demonstrated through implementation,” she stated.