Relatives Accuse Hong Kong Government of Lying Over Surveillance of Detainees | World News

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Relatives of some of the 12 Hong Kong activists arrested by Chinese authorities at sea more than six weeks ago as they tried to flee by boat to Taiwan have accused the Hong Kong government of lying over the circumstances surrounding their capture.

The 12, who are accused of crimes tied to anti-government protests in Hong Kong last year, are being held in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen after mainland authorities intercepted their boat and accused them of illegal border crossing.

China’s foreign ministry has called them “separatists”.

The families said they had obtained the flight path of a Hong Kong government plane showing it was surveilling the boat the 12 were in, which led them to suspect local authorities helped Chinese officials.

They did not say how they obtained the data.

“Explain whether the police have deployed fixed-wing aircraft for aerial surveillance; give a

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The UK, France and Belgium must respect privacy when carrying out mass surveillance, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

Under the ruling, the ‘general and indiscriminate transmission or retention of traffic data and location data’ is banned.

The personal data of phone and internet users can only be handed over to security services where there is a serious threat to national security, it says. The retention should be ‘limited in time to what is strictly necessary’, and effective safeguards and an independent review system need to be in place.

The case was brought by privacy campaign groups Privacy International and La Quadrature du Net, which argued that the bulk data collection or retention regimes engage European fundamental rights to privacy, data protection and freedom of expression, as guaranteed respectively by Articles 7, 8, and 11 of the EU Charter of

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Most people have an anti attitude in respect to government surveillance. Ever since Obama became president, government surveillance on the Internet skyrocketed. Government surveillance statistics: in 2015 over 30% of adult Americans were concerned about government surveillance of their electronic communications. On one hand government surveillance is good for increased security and for helping prevent potential terrorist attacks. On the other hand, too much government surveillance will trample over our privacy and violate our basic civil rights. Where do you draw the line for a happy compromise? If 911 was brought about by the elites in the US government, then the push and demand for greater government surveillance are the sole purpose of that tragic event where thousands of Americans were sacrificed. 911 should have never happened. How can the world’s most powerful country get invaded by a team of Middle-eastern terrorists? The whole event stink of government coverup, of … Read More