Facebook, Twitter and Google threaten to leave THIS country over new rules
Facebook, Twitter and Google threaten to leave THIS country over new rules

Facebook, Twitter and Google have warned the Hong Kong government that if officers move ahead with planned changes to data protection laws, they may stop working in the sector. The law could make them responsible for malicious sharing of people's online news.

According to reports, a letter sent by an industry group that includes internet firms suggests that companies are worried that the rules employed to address docking may put their staff at risk of criminal investigation or prosecution related to posting online by users of firms. The report says that docking refers to the practice of putting people's personal information online so that they can be harassed by others.

The proposal to amend the data-protection law was placed in May:
Hong Kong's Bureau of Constitutional and Mainland Cases had in May proposed an amendment to the city's data-protection laws stating that it was necessary to deal with docking. Docking is the practice that came into vogue in the city due to 2019 protests. The proposal contains a sentence of up to 1 million Hong Kong dollars, equivalent to about $128,800 and imprisonment up to five years.

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