Google provided user data to the Hong Kong government last year, although it promised it would not process such data requests from authorities, according to the Hong Kong Free Press. The company told the outlet that it “produced data” in response to three of the 43 requests it received from the Hong Kong government. Two of the requests concerned human trafficking investigations and included search warrants, and a third concerned emergency disclosure in connection with a credible threat to a person’s life, HKFP reported.

The company said HKFP that none of the three responses included user content data.

Last August, Google said it would stop responding Hong Kong government data requests, unless the requests were made in cooperation with the US Department of Justice. The move followed a new Hong Kong national security law imposed by China, which provided for a life sentence for those convicted of subversion. China has used charges of subversion to detain political protesters and dissidents on the Chinese mainland. Facebook and Twitter have also halted processing of data requests from the Hong Kong government in response to the security law.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The edge Saturday.


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