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Microsoft and Zoom join Hong Kong data ‘pause’ND

Leo Kelion, BBC, July 7, 2020

Microsoft and Zoom have stated they will not process data requests made by the Hong Kong authorities following a national security law passed on the 30th June. They follow Facebook, Google and Twitter in ‘pausing’ data processing requests. Under these new rules, local authorities can jail employees of internet companies for up to six months if they fail to comply with requests for user data. Microsoft directly offers its Office 365 work app and LinkedIn platforms to Hong Kong residents. Zoom also has ties to China, with most of its product development workers based in mainland China. Both companies have opted to conduct a review. A spokesperson from Zoom criticised the new laws, stating: “Zoom supports the free and open exchange of thoughts and ideas.” Similarly, a spokesperson from Microsoft explained: “We a reviewing the new law to understand its implications.”

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