WhatsApp stops processing Hong Kong requests for user data citing human rights concerns

HONG KONG: Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging service has suspended its processing of user data requests from Hong Kong law enforcement agencies following the imposition of a national security law in the city by China.

The company is “pausing” such reviews “pending further evaluation of the impact of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with human rights experts,” a WhatsApp spokeswoman said on response to a Wall Street Journal query on Monday.