Google stated on Friday that it will not be providing any sort of data in response to requests from Hong Kong authorities after the formation of the new national security law by China.
Ever since the new law came into force in June, the United States tech giant has refrained from producing any data, and it claimed that it would not be responding to any requests for such information.
Through an emailed statement, Google claimed that “As always, authorities outside the U.S. may seek data needed for criminal investigations through diplomatic procedures”.
The email statement also said that Google looked at all of the requests for user data and did not take any care for the “overly broad ones” in order to protect the privacy of users.
In an article from The Washington Post newspaper earlier on, Google claimed that it would be stopping its direct responses to data requests from Hong Kong authorities, and so, it would be treating Hong Kong the same as China when it comes to such dealings.
The national security law imposed on Hong Kong has led to plenty of criticism, particularly from U.S. President Donald Trump, leading to an increase in tensions between China and the U.S.
The Washington Post article also claimed that Google notified Hong Kong police on Thursday that it aims to pursue those requests for data through a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the U.S., that includes routing with the U.S. Justice Department.
During July, social media and internet giants Facebook Inc, Google and Twitter Inc all suspended processing government requests for user data in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has been a financial hub for many years, with tech companies being allowed to operate freely, with the internet being unaffected by the firewall that is imposed in mainland China, with China not allowing access to Google, Twitter and Facebook.