It has been reported that Alphabet Inc.'s Google has summited user data to the Hong Kong government despite previously vowing otherwise. Citing the company, the Hong Kong Free Press reports that the data was shared last year.
Google had received 43 government requests between the months of July and December of 2019 and only complied with three. One of the requests was connected to an emergency disclosure involving a credible threat to life, informed Google. While the other two were regarding human trafficking and the requests came with search warrants approved by the court. The data shared were not related to national security or user content, reports Bloomberg.
Tech giants like Google, Microsoft Corp., Twitter Inc, and Facebook Inc. have vowed to stop sharing user data with the Hong Kong government since last June. This was due to rising concerns about the declining freedom in Asia's main financial hub after Beijing placed a sweeping national security law in its city.