When Hong Kong passed its shiny new national security law last week, the city’s authorities were probably expecting a bit of pushback from the locals, who’ve called the new regime everything from “chilling” to “draconian” to nothing less than the Chinese Communist Party’s “takeover of Hong Kong.”
What they probably didn’t anticipate was resistance from some of the biggest tech players around. But as spokespeople from Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Facebook-owned Whatsapp told the Wall Street Journal, the companies have hit pause on accepting any user data requests from Hong Kong law enforcement agencies. Evidently, these companies, much like the United Nations, see the sweeping legislation as a potential abuse of human rights that they want to stay as far away from as possible.
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