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Line's parent company, South Korea's Naver, has moved its data backup center in Hong Kong, where the National Security Law was enforced, to Singapore. This is the first case of a major IT company to do so.
Naver has been transferring the data to its Singapore base since the beginning of this month, and has announced that all data on the Hong Kong side will be deleted. All of this data is managed by Naver's dedicated data management subsidiary, Naver Business Platform.
Naver has several large data centers in its home country of South Korea, where it provides Internet services such as search engines. The data centers in Singapore and Hong Kong, on the other hand, are positioned for emergency use and are said to back up important data, such as user information for its services.
Naver said that no requests for information were made by the Chinese government prior to the move, and that there has never been a data breach due to hacking or other reasons.
With the implementation of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, IT companies are facing the possibility of the Chinese government demanding access to their servers in Hong Kong, seizing or censoring them. As a result, major services such as Google, Facebook and Twitter have been forced to rethink their services in Hong Kong. Many of these companies have refused to disclose information to government agencies to protect users' privacy after the National Security Act came into force.
Incidentally, Taiwan's Economic Daily reported that this is the first time a major IT company has formally moved out of Hong Kong after the implementation of the National Security Law, in the words of an analyst (although TikTok has already announced that it is pulling out of the Hong Kong market, its parent company, China's ByteDance, offers a Douyin app similar to TikTok's for the Chinese domestic market).
Source: Nikkei Asian Review
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