The Hong Kong privacy chief criticized the US Treasury Department for “doxxing” CEO Carrie Lam and other officials by disclosing their personal information as part of its sanctions against them.
“The disclosure of data of affected individuals by the US Department of the Treasury is obviously excessive and unnecessary,” Acting Privacy Commissioner Tony Lam said in a statement, adding that the use or reproduction of the addresses , passport numbers and other data could be a crime. “It’s like doing doxxing.”
The United States said on Friday it was imposing sanctions on 11 Chinese officials and their allies in Hong Kong for their role in restricting political freedoms in the former British colony. Beijing imposed a national security law that undermined the city’s autonomy and violated the rights of residents, he said.
The director general was targeted for her role in the implementation of Beijing’s policies “of suppressing freedom and democratic processes”, according to the American press release.
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The Trump administration has stepped up pressure on multiple fronts against China’s growing role on the world stage, which has become a key campaign issue in the upcoming US election. President Donald Trump has threatened to take action since Chinese authorities imposed sweeping law in Hong Kong in June.
China’s implementation of the law and the reaction of major trading partners who criticized it could have a substantial impact on a Hong Kong economy already battered by months of historic anti-government protests and coronavirus restrictions.
The sanctions have also emboldened criticism of the Hong Kong government elsewhere, with a British lawmaker revivedasks for brakes.
In Hong Kong, the reaction was a chorus of criticism from local officials, with Carrie Lam’s government calling the move “shameless and contemptible,” while the Beijing liaison office in the city said Washington had “miscalculated”.
Those sanctioned include Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Bureau of the State Council of China, and Chris Tang, Commissioner of the Hong Kong Police.
” The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong and we will use our tools and authorities to target those who undermine their autonomy, ”Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Those targeted will have their property and assets in the United States frozen. But it is not clear whether any of the sanctioned officials will be affected financially. Luo Huining, the director of the liaison office, said he had no assets or property in any foreign country.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the city’s banking regulator, said local banks are not required to follow US sanctions under Hong Kong law and that lenders should treat customers fairly by assessing whether they are to continue to provide services to an individual.
Another regulator, theThe Securities and Futures Commission, said that when considering the implications of sanctions, intermediaries should “carefully assess all legal, business and business risks to which they may be exposed,” adding that it expects any response restrictions are necessary, fair and in the interest of “market integrity”.
The regulator said it was “closely monitoring the impact that the sanctions may have on the functioning of intermediaries, the interests of investors and the financial stability and order of the markets in Hong Kong.”
Hong Kong’s acting privacy commissioner said he would write to U.S. officials to express his disappointment at the data disclosure. The CEO said in a Facebook post that she could cancel her U.S. visa and suggested that theThe US Treasury may have obtained its information from a visa application in 2016, without updating its address. Shesaid his US visa was valid until 2026.
Carrie Lam’s youngest son, who was studying math at Harvard, told his roommate in late July that he had to return to Hong Kong for a family emergency and was not reachable in the United States, Factwire, based in Hong Kong.reported, without providing further details. Trump’s Hong Kong Normalization Executive Order can be used to bar sanctioned people and their families from entering the United States, according to the report. Lam’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Updates with Factwire’s story about Lam’s son in the last paragraph.)