Govt considers banning Telegram app in Hong Kong, sources


17th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Government last year amended the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“PDPO”) to criminalise “doxxing”. Ada Chung,  Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data. It also said that the blacklist will be considered for the targeted platform.

Sources revealed that Telegram app has been successively used for doxxing. In view of the prevalence of doxxing, the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Ada Chung revealed at the Legislative Council Committee on Constitutional Affairs meeting yesterday (17th) that she is considering setting up a blacklist for platforms that have repeatedly uploaded doxxing details.

It is reported that the Telegram group that is commonly used by citizens will be targeted. The platform streams more than 200 doxxing attacks every week. The  Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data has asked the platform to delete the relevant messages but often to no avail. Since 2019, a lot of doxxing messages in Hong Kong have also been sent from several groups in Telegram. Most of them involve political factors or the continuation of social movements. Targets of doxxing include government officials, members of the Legislative Council, and ordinary citizens. It is understood that the  Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data is actively considering citing the power conferred by Section 66L of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance for the first time to ban Telegram.