Jul 7, 2020

Microsoft and Zoom join Hong Kong data 'pause'

Microsoft and Zoom have said they will not process data requests made by the Hong Kong authorities while they take stock of a new security law. While Office 365 is provided directly by the firm to Hong Kong residents, the service is run by a local firm 21Vianet on the other side of the border, allowing Microsoft to remain one step removed. "We're actively monitoring the developments in Hong Kong SAR , including any potential guidance from the US government. We have paused processing any data requests from, and related to, Hong Kong SAR.". "As a result, Apple doesn't receive content requests directly from the Hong Kong government. Under the MLAT process, the US Department of Justice reviews Hong Kong authorities' requests for legal conformance." Its latest transparency report indicates it received requests for data concerning 358 devices from Hong Kong's government between January and June, and that it provided data in 91% of the cases.

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