Warning: WhatsApp not safe in Hong Kong

December 3 — What’s App is a widely-used communication application in Hong Kong; however, chat records are currently unprotected under the Interception of Communications and Surveillance Ordinance. In other words, law enforcement authorities such as the Police Force can obtain conversation histories with effective warrants obtained from the court.

Commissioner on Interception of Communications and Surveillance A.R. Suffiad stated that interception took place only at the moment when messages were transmitted. How law- enforcement bureaus obtain the chat records through warrants is beyond the scope of the Interception of Communications and Surveillance Ordinance and his responsibilities as the Commissioner, and thus, should be handled by the government and legislative authority.

Source: Apple Daily

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