Prof. Jyh-An LEE interviewed by the Financial Times on Apple’s removal of the app

Posted on 11 October, 2019

Prof. Jyh-An LEE was quoted by the Financial Times in an article “Apple pulls Hong Kong map used by protesters from App Store” published on 10 October 2019.

Apple has removed a mapping application, used by Hong Kong protesters from its App Store. The app displayed the crowdsourced real-time locations of traffic obstructions, police and protesters. Apple explained the app “has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong [and has been used] to target and ambush police”. Prof. Lee indicated that Apple’s removal had triggered a number of legal issues. He pointed out that “the content on the app is already available publicly. Furthermore, using the app to avoid the police is a completely different legal issue from using it to attack police.”