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Facebook, WhatsApp suspend user data disclosure to Hong Kong authorities


Facebook and WhatsApp will temporarily stop transfer of user data at the request of Hong Kong law enforcement agencies.

Representatives of the apps need to “assess the impact of national security law, which includes a comprehensive human rights review and consultation with human rights experts.” This was announced by representatives of Facebook and its WhatsApp messenger on Monday in response to a request from The Wall Street Journal.

“We consider freedom of speech to be one of the fundamental human rights and support the right of people to express their opinion without fear for their safety and without fear of any other consequences,” Facebook said.

Earlier, the Telegram messenger announced the same decision. Recall last week, the supreme legislative body of the PRC, the Standing Committee of the All-China Assembly of People's Representatives, adopted a law on national security in Hong Kong. Among other things, it gives the authorities immeasurably greater powers to counter anti-government actions: their participants can be accused of separatism, terrorism, undermining state power and conspiracy with foreign forces.

source: wsj.com