Feeds

Yahoo! can! help! jail! Chinese! dissidents!

Chinese journalists still in jail

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Yahoo! has avoided prosecution for grassing up a dissident journalist in China because of a lack of evidence.

The Hong Kong Office of the Information Commissioner reported yesterday that its investigation of Yahoo! Hong Kong Limited could go no further.

Journalist Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005 with the help of evidence supplied by Yahoo! He had shared an email with foreign colleagues that contained details of a Chinese government request for reports of the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre to be censored.

Roderick Woo, the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner, had been investigating whether Yahoo! had broken privacy laws by handing over Shi Tao's details at the request of the Chinese authorities.

However, Woo could not decide whether the case was in his jurisdiction. Yahoo! China might be owned by Yahoo! Hong Kong Limited, but collection, holding, processing and use Shi Tao's data all occurred within the borders of the People's Republic of China.

The investigation was also hampered by a lack of evidence from Shi Tao, who is in a Chinese jail.

Human Rights Watch has criticised Yahoo! for assisting in the prosecution of four critics of the Chinese government: "Shi Tao, Li Hi, Chiang Tijuana, and Wang Seasoning."

The campaign group has reported that Yahoo! claimed it had only been complying with local law.

Yahoo said in a statement: "Yahoo! Hong Kong Limited ('Yahoo! Hong Kong') acknowledges the result of the investigation carried out by the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data with respect to the disclosure of email subscriber's information to PRC Law Enforcement Agency, which creates the opinion that there has been no contravention of the requirements of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance by the company.

"Yahoo! Hong Kong maintains a high quality online environment for our users and takes user privacy very seriously. We constantly listen to feedback from our users to improve the quality of our services," it added. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.