19 Dec Researcher: Privacy not Assured Under Hong Kong’s Communications Interception Law
A researcher for the Hong Kong Transparency Report recently called for Hong Kong’s Communications Interception Law to be updated to cover the new methods of interceptions employed by authorities.
Benjamin Zhou pointed out that even though the number of interceptions granted to enforcers have gone down from previous years, according to the 2016 report published by The Commissioner on Interception of Communications and Surveillance, this can only indicate that authorities have shifted from monitoring traditional communications to cloud-based data and communications, which is not thoroughly regulated by law.
Surveillance by the Hong Kong government is subject to the Interception of Communications and Surveillance Ordinance which was enacted in 2006. Zhou said that while the mechanism works well, it has not been updated since its inception.