By Patrick McShane
In these occasional reports, Digital Privacy News examines the fallout from China’s new “national security law” on Hong Kong.
Early last month, Hong Kong Police announced a new dedicated “hotline” for the public to report anyone — neighbors, classmates, colleagues, parents, even adult children — who may have broken the National Security Law, enacted by Beijing on June 30.
But even before the hotline’s sudden Nov. 5 launch, Hongkongers pushed back on what they considered an egregious assault on personal privacy.
“This will be a serious blow to freedom in Hong Kong,” former Democratic Party legislator James To told local radio in late October, warning that the effect of the new tip line would be “disastrous” for Hong Kong.Continue reading “Anxious Hong Kong Residents Balk at New Police ‘Hotline’”