Taiwan’s parliament has held its first hearing on digital surveillance. Photo: AFP

Is Taiwan becoming a surveillance state? Privacy advocates sound alarm

Legislators hold landmark hearing on digital privacy after a report shows authorities sought data from social networks and communications companies for almost 70,000 clients

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Taiwan’s parliament has held its first hearing on digital surveillance. Photo: AFP
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.