IT’S THE LAW (10/05/2021)

Hong Kong’s new law against doxxing (allowing public release of information identifying an individual) has raised concern from diverse groups. Human rights advocates fear it can be used to crack down on dissent and tech companies worry it may hinder business operations. The Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance amendment bill gives Hong Kong’s privacy commissioner very broad powers and extra-territorial scope, including the ability to force internet providers to cease operations and it comes with as high penalty as a HK$1 million fine and five years in jail.