WhatsApp is currently no longer handling requests from Hong Kong authorities to provide user data. That writes the Wall Street Journal .
WhatsApp says it will temporarily no longer process the applications after China imposed a new security law on the city. A WhatsApp spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal to "await the effect of national security law." In doing so, the company is examining, among other things, the effect of the human rights law in Hong Kong.
On July 1, a new security law came into force, giving Beijing more influence in Hong Kong. The law allows China to crack down on opposition politicians and activists.
Chat service Telegram also says that it does not give user data to Chinese authorities. "We believe it is important to protect the privacy of users in Hong Kong under these circumstances," CEO Mike Ravdonikas told the Hong Kong Free Press . "Telegram will not process requests until an international agreement has been reached in relation to the political changes in the city."
Telegram says it has never shared data with Hong Kong authorities so far.
Governments more often request information from users. This also happens in the Netherlands, for example to use in criminal cases.