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Hong Kong backs down over controversial privacy law

Published on Mar 28, 2013 11:06 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's government on Thursday backed down from introducing a controversial privacy law following a campaign by journalists who said the move would infringe on press freedoms.

Critics slammed the government over a bid to restrict access to information about company directors, after such details were used in a series of investigative reports to expose the hidden wealth of Chinese officials.

Several business groups have also said the proposal would hurt the Asian financial hub's transparency and could encourage fraud.

The government said it would shelve the proposal - which would have allowed company directors to have their residential address and identity card number blocked from public view - to allow time for consultation.

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