Facebook, Google and Twitter may withdraw from Hong Kong due to data collection laws


US technology giants Facebook, Google, and Twitter have privately warned the Hong Kong government that they may stop providing their services in the city if the authorities continue with planned changes to data protection laws, citing an email.

Laws may make technology companies responsible for the malicious sharing of individual's information online, and the letter sent by an industry group that includes internet companies that companies are concerned that the planned rules for dealing with defamation could put their employees at risk of criminal investigations or prosecution. Jurisdiction over what corporate users post on the Internet.

Doxing is the act of disclosing people's personal information such as their real name, home address, or workplace online without a user's permission. Facebook, Google, and Twitter did not immediately respond to Reuter's requests for comment.

The Hong Kong Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Office in May proposed amendments to the city's data protection laws that it said were necessary to combat defamation, a practice that was prevalent during the 2019 protests in the city, and according to the newspaper, the letter dated June 25 was sent by the Singapore-based Asian Internet Alliance. The only way to avoid these sanctions on technology companies is to refrain from investing and providing services in Hong Kong.

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