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Hong Kong protests: Police requests for IT firms' user data surged to 5,325 in 2019

Hong Kong police made 5,325 user data disclosure requests and 4,175 information removal requests to ICT companies last year, according to government data. Both figures marked a significant increase from 3,440 and 38, respectively, in 2018.

Mass demonstrations and unrest erupted last June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill. The pro-democracy movement – which lacked any centralised leadership – used tech-savvy digital means to coordinate, evaluate tactics and disseminate information online.

Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

Responding to a question from IT sector lawmaker Charles Mok, the government – which does not actively publish statistics – issued a statement from newly-appointed Secretary for Innovation and Technology Alfred Sit on Wednesday.

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