The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), a lobby group that numbers Apple, Facebook, Google, Yahoo! and SAP among its members, has written to Hong Kong’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) and outlined objections to the Special Administrative Region’s proposed anti-doxxing laws.
Hong Kong’s government announced amendments to its Personal Data Privacy Ordinance (PDPO) in May 2021 after doxxing — the unauthorised release of personal information — became widely used during pro-democracy protests. Some used the tactic to name police and court staff who curtailed protests or ran cases, while others used doxxing to identify journalists, protestors or activists.
The proposed laws aim to outlaw doxxing and give Hong Kong’s government the power to order social media platforms and web site operators to take down personal information posted by doxxers.
The AIC wrote to the PCPD on June 25th and published [PDF] its letter on July 5th.
The document outlines a number of objections to the planned laws. Its principal gripe is that individual employees of social media platforms or web sites could be held criminally liable if doxxed content is not removed.
The AIC argues that holding staff…