Linkedin And Zoom Suspend The Transfer Of Users' Personal Data To The Hong Kong Authorities
The American company LinkedIn, which owns the social network of the same name for business communication, and the video conferencing service Zoom, used for online meetings, temporarily suspend the consideration of requests from law enforcement agencies in Hong Kong for the provision of personal data of users, according to Reuters, citing statements from both companies.
As they note, this step is due to the need to carefully study the new law on national security in this special administrative region of the PRC.
Earlier, other American companies, including Twitter, Facebook, and Google, took similar measures.
On June 30, the Standing Committee of the national people's Congress (the highest legislative body of the people's Republic of China) adopted the law on ensuring national security in Hong Kong. It is aimed at combating threats of terrorism, separatism, Subversion of the state system, and collusion with foreign forces. The legal act provides for life imprisonment as the maximum penalty, the creation of security agencies in Hong Kong with a wide range of powers, the ability to conduct investigations, and review individual cases on the territory of mainland China.
Several countries have criticized Beijing, claiming that the adoption of such a law violates the autonomy of Hong Kong and the principle of"one country, two systems." The Chinese authorities responded by calling for no interference in China's internal Affairs.