A new scandal afflicts Google user data leakage

A new scandal afflicts the American technology giant, Google, after it was revealed that it had leaked some user data. Reports revealed that the US Google provided some of its user's data to the Hong Kong government last year, despite its promises that it would not do so.

In comments to the Hong Kong Free Press, the company said it had provided some data in response to three of the 43 requests it received from the Hong Kong government. The Asian newspaper also reported that two of the requests were related to investigations into human trafficking, and included search warrants, while the third dealt with the disclosure of emergencies as part of a real threat to someone's life. But Google stressed to the Hong Kong Free Press that none of its three responses to Hong Kong authorities included user content data.

And last August, Google pledged that it would stop responding to data requests from the Hong Kong government unless the requests were submitted in cooperation with the US Department of Justice. The move came in response to China's new national security law in Hong Kong, which guarantees a possible life sentence for people found guilty of subversion.

China has resorted to charges of sabotage to detain political protesters and dissidents on the Chinese mainland. It is noteworthy that both Facebook and Twitter for social networking have also stopped providing processing data requests from the Hong Kong government, in response to the new national security law.


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