Global tech giants Facebook, Google and Twitter have all warned Hong Kong’s government that they may depart the city-state if the proposed data-protection laws are enacted
In a private letter, the companies say they are concerned that employees could be subject to criminal investigations and charges.
The proposed laws will make tech giants liable for when an individual’s information is shared maliciously without their permission.
Also known as “doxing”, it refers to the act of “revealing people’s personal information such as real name, home address or workplace online” without consent.
The Journal notes that this practice became prevalent when pro-democracy protests broke out in the city in 2019.
Hong Kong’s government has announced the amendments to the legislation in response to doxing being used during protests in the city.
In the letter, the companies say “the only way to avoid these sanctions for technology companies would be to refrain from investing and offering the services in Hong Kong.”
“The amendments will not have any bearing on free speech,” a spokesperson for Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data told the Journal, acknowledging that the AIC’s letter had been received.
According to the spokesperson, the city’s government “strongly rebuts any suggestion that the amendments may in any way affect foreign investment in Hong Kong.”
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk will release an autobiography later this year, and one of the stories apparently indicates he wants a new job
Elon Musk is set to release his own book later this year. The autobiography will document his time as the head of Tesla, as well as some insights into his personal life.
One of the featured stories in the book reportedly will be about how Musk wants to one day take over the stop spot at Apple.
Last month Musk said he hates running Tesla, and would much prefer to spend his time designing and engineering.
This comes after Tesla’s billionaire founder spoke at the start of a trial last month. The firm’s board members accused him of pressuring them into a multi billion dollar deal to buy a solar panel firm.
During the court hearings, Musk said he’d much rather be in a design capacity at Tesla compared to running the company.
He’s also denied exerting pressure on board members, saying that the deal was part of a “master plan” to create affordable vehicles with green power supplies.
Shareholders want Musk to repay Tesla the $2.6bn in full.
If they are successful, it would be one of the largest ever judgements against an individual.
Amazon slammed with record-breaking fines over privacy concerns
The EU has ruled that Amazon may be infringing its 300 million users’ right to privacy
The European Union is fining Amazon $888 million for violating its data protection rules.
CNPD is the EU’s lead privacy watchdog. It accused Amazon of “processing personal data in violation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation”.
The online retail giant lashed back, saying they findings are “without merit”.
Amazon says there has been “no data breach”
“There has been no data breach, and no customer data has been exposed to any third party,” Amazon said in a statement.
“These facts are undisputed. We strongly disagree with the CNPD’s ruling.”
Data and privacy concerns
This comes after years of criticism for Amazon over data privacy concerns. The company says it collects data to ‘improve the customer experience’, but some regulators remain concerned.
Lawmakers say that this data trove may give the online retail giant an unfair advantage in the market.
EU privacy watchdog cracks down on US tech giants
Amazon isn’t the only US-based tech giant facing these criticisms. This comes after an ongoing EU investigation into American tech giants.
The investigation is also looking into Microsoft. Particularly, the use of Microsoft 360 to transfer data.
Snapchat map to start recommending places for user’s to visit
Snapchat is set to use its built-in map to recommend places for you to visit
The social media giant has launched a “Popular” tab at the bottom center of the Snap Map.
It will show recommendations for places to go, based on factors like your current location, friend activity on the map, and the kind of places you’ve saved as favorites.
Snapchat has more than 250 million users worldwide and says it’s turning its map into a unique way to discover the world around you.
Snapchat’s parent company has continued to see record growth – and profit – of the platform
Just a couple of years ago, there were concerns that Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, wouldn’t survive as a standalone company, but the social media platform is growing faster than it has since 2017.
The camera-based messaging app stated it added 13 million daily users during the second quarter of this year – a 23 percent increase from the same time a year ago.
That means 293 million people use Snapchat every day around the world, up from 173 million this time four years ago.
Snapchat’s revenue has also soared 116 percent to $982 million – making it a faster growing business than Twitter or Facebook
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel has said he expects the app’s user base to actually grow faster as pandemic lockdowns end since Snapchat is designed to be used out and about with friends.
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