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ISPs have warned Hong Kong officials that their plans to crack cybercrime will harm the country's reputation.

The Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association (HKISPA) has voiced concerns about proposals to give law enforcers access to encryption keys.

"We have to be very careful of controlling or even taking away the right of using encryption," the organisation told the South China Morning Post.

"This will seriously damage the reputation of a democracy government, which Hong Kong is trying hard to achieve." It is also worried about a proposal to force ISPs to store records of their users, including email account details and Web pages accessed, for up to six months.

The concerns are similar to those raised last year over the UK's government's Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill, which tried to force surfers to hand over encryption keys or passwords.

HKISPA has asked for judicial scrutiny if law enforcers are to be given access to encryption keys. ®

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