Feeds

Yahoo! faces! investigation! over! China!

Documents question its claims

The Power of One Infographic

The US' House Foreign Affairs Committee said last week it will investigate Yahoo! over allegations that it covered up its involvement in handing over information to Chinese authorities to help them pursue political opponents.

Yahoo! has always said its Chinese subsidiary was only obeying local laws.

Tom Lantos, chairman of the committee, said: "It is bad enough that a wealthy American company would willingly supply Chinese police the means to hunt a man down for shedding light on repression in China. Covering up such a despicable practice when Congress seeks an explanation is a serious offense. For a firm engaged in the information industry, Yahoo! sure has a lot of secrecy to answer for. We expect to learn the truth, and to hold the company to account."

Yahoo! handed over information about Shi Tao, a Chinese journalist. He was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for posting on a website called Democracy Forum.

But the company always said it did not know what he was being investigated for. Documents apparently sent to Yahoo! make clear this was untrue.

Documents from Beijing State Security Bureau said they were investigating "illegal provision of state secrets to foreign entities" - commonly used to capture political dissidents.

The request asked Yahoo! for email details, log in times, IP addresses, and email content from February 2004 until 22 April 2004 when the letter was sent.

Shi is appealing his sentence in China and is also seeking damages against Yahoo! in the US courts.

The committee's statement is here.

Chinese human rights group Dui Hua found the documents. It has more information here, or a scan of the documents is here. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.