Hong Kong government says privacy law amendments only concern ‘doxxing’ acts


FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a news conference to announce the replacement of the Police Chief and Security Secretary, in Hong Kong, China June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

July 6, 2021

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The Hong Kong government said on Tuesday proposed amendments to the city’s privacy law only concern “doxxing acts and law-enforcement powers of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data.

The statement came after a technology industry group warned that tech companies such as Google and Facebook could stop offering their services in Hong Kong if it proceeds with plans to change privacy laws.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said earlier the proposed changes will only target illegal “doxxing” behaviour, referring to the practice of the sharing of people’s personal data without their consent.

(Reporting by Meg Shen; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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