USA warns Hong Kong government may demand business and customer data, run surveillance without warrants • The Register

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has slammed a US government advisory that warns business of warrantless surveillance and the potential for forced surrender of corporate and customer data in the Special Administrative Region (SAR).

The advisory [PDF], issued on Friday US time by the US Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, and Homeland Security, lists “Heightened Risks Regarding Data Privacy” as one of four concerns for businesses operating in the Region.

The advisory offers the following blunt assessment of the situation in Hong Kong:

The reason for that assessment is Hong Kong’s National Security Law (NSL), an instrument that came into force on July 16th, 2020 – the same day as this advisory was published.

In a press release announcing the advisory’s publication, US Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken stated “The policies which the People’s Republic of China government and the Government of Hong Kong have implemented undermine the…

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