Security law spurs facebook data ban

Facebook has rejected 202 requests from Hong Kong to surrender over 200 users’ data in the six months after the implementation of national security law.

The company said in its transparency report that the Hong Kong government and the police have made 201 legal process requests and one emergency disclosure request for handing over the data of 223 users in the second half of last year. All requests were turned down.

In the first half of last year, before the the national security law came into effect, Facebook received 262 government requests for the data of 285 users. The company provided the data for 24 percent of the requests.

These requests sought information such as names, registration dates and lengths of service. Some also asked for IP address logs or account content.

The requests also sought information from Facebook involving its other products, including Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Oculus.

Facebook has been suspending data requests from the Hong Kong administration since the implementation of the national security law. It said they were “pending further assessment of the national security law.”

A spokesman said: “We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and support the right of people to express themselves without fear for their safety or other repercussions.”

Between July and December, Facebook restricted content from Hong Kong users on 13 occasions, citing violations of local laws.

This is a big contrast to the first half of last year, during which it restricted content from Hong Kong users on 199 occasions.

Facebook’s report did not mention the amount of content restriction requests made by the Hong Kong administration or police.

The police said the force would only request information from individuals and organizations when needed in crime inves tigations.

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