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Facebook, Zoom pause Hong Kong's requests for users' data

Microsoft and video meet platform Zoom have joined several tech giants who have decided not to process data

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  9 July 2020 8:05 AM GMT

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft and video meet platform Zoom have joined several tech giants who have decided not to process data requests from the Hong Kong authorities in the wake of China imposing a controversial new National Security Law in Hong Kong. Apple, however, said it was still "assessing" the new rules. A Microsoft spokesperson said on Tuesday: "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". The company received requests for data linked to 81 accounts from Hong Kong's government between July and December 2019, according to its latest transparency report. (IANS)

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