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US tech giants warn Hong Kong data law could drive them away

Google, Facebook and Twitter cite prosecution risks under privacy plans

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the government would address worries about the anti-doxxing law during the legislative process.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Leading international technology companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter have warned Hong Kong of a potential exodus if the financial hub presses ahead with planned changes to its privacy laws that would make companies and staff legally liable for doxxing activities on their platforms.

In a letter sent to the local privacy watchdog, an industry group representing 15 top technology companies in Asia voiced concerns over the proposal. The companies say it will curtail free expression and jeopardize the safety of their local employees, who could be prosecuted in case of failure to comply with authorities' requests to remove content.

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