Hong Kong Starts “Real Name” SIM Registration and Opens Data Scrutiny

Oct. 25th, 2021

FILE – Pro-democracy protesters hold up their mobile phone torches as they sing during a rally in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on June 12, 2020.

According to VOA News on October 22nd, 2021, Hong Kong started implementing a new telecommunications law in September of this year. Under the law, mobile users need to provide their “real name” – legal names – when enrolling in new or existing mobile SIM cards. The law was passed in June 2021.

This “real name” requirement is the first step before Hong Kong’s new privacy law, which allows “government officers to access electronic devices without a warrant, as well as issue notices to remove or even block access to specific content online.” The new law has taken effect from October 8th 2021.

The Hong Kong government claimed that the legislation was to prevent crimes. However, the new laws take freedom away from Hong Kong’s citizens. Hong Kong citizens are now like people living in the mainland of China, because “real name” makes no-warrant monitoring possible, no one knows when and where they may get into trouble. Hong Kong’s government has become the CCP’s running dog and used so-called laws to crack down on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

To read more details regarding this story, please click the link: Hong Kong SIM Registration Law Raises Privacy Concerns

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