Microsoft and Zoom have said they will not process data requests made by the Hong Kong authorities while they take stock of a new security law.
They follow Facebook, Google, Twitter and the chat app Telegram, which had already announced similar “pauses” in compliance over the past two days.
China passed the law on 30 June, criminalising acts that support independence, making it easier to punish protesters.
This feels more like a “let’s get some good press in the west while we resume normal operation in aiding the genocidal Chinese regime when people stop caring” than a real principled stand, but with how everybody just rolls over for China, I’ll take any element of resistance – no matter how weak sauce – I can get.
It doesn’t get much weaker than “pausing”, though.
Apple says it is “assessing” the rules.
Oh turns out I was wrong. It does get weaker.
Well of course. Big business always rolls over for authoritarian regimes. The only exception is when an even more lucrative regime forbids it as a condition of doing business within their borders. But in that capacity, the USA and China are not going to oppose each other.
China has become an all-out aggressive totalitarian regime. The former DDR Stasi could only dream of the surveillance and control China is exerting of their people.
However we are just too damn hooked on buying all their cheap stuff to being able to take a stand against it…