HONG KONG—The government Tuesday unveiled plans to require people in Hong Kong to provide their real name and other personal details when registering mobile phone numbers, a move that critics said would further curtail people’s freedoms and stoke fears of surveillance.
It puts Hong Kong in line with about 155 countries including France, Germany and South Korea that have similar measures, officials have said.
The proposal has touched a nerve in the Chinese territory, however, where fears of surveillance run high amid a continuing crackdown on dissent.
“The Hong Kong government continues to make policies that show they don’t trust their own citizens,” said Lokman Tsui, an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He described the policy, which will see registrations begin next year, as a further erosion of privacy and trust in Hong Kong.
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