SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft and Zoom joined other internet firms that have stopped considering requests by Hong Kong’s government for information on users after China imposed a sweeping new security law.
Microsoft and Zoom said they are halting consideration of data requests by officials or police in Hong Kong after similar steps were taken by Facebook, Google and Twitter.
“As we would with any new legislation, we are reviewing the new law to understand its implications,” Microsoft said. “In the past, we’ve typically received only a relatively small number of requests from Hong Kong authorities, but we are pausing our responses to these requests as we conduct our review.”
Video-conferencing platform Zoom said it is monitoring developments in Hong Kong and looking for guidance from the US government.
“Zoom supports the free and open exchange of thoughts and ideas,” the company said. “We have paused processing any data requests from, and related to, Hong Kong SAR.”
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