Sunday, September 11, 2005
Yahoo!'s shame: Yahoo! admits it provided information to the Chinese government that resulted in the jailing of a journalist.
Yahoo Inc. chief Jerry Yang said his company was complying with local laws when information on an Internet user was passed to Chinese police in a move leading to the jailing of a mainland journalist.
Yang, speaking at the Alibaba China Internet Summit here, also said he wasn't happy with the 10-year sentence to journalist Shi Tao, jailed for passing on a government censorship order through his Yahoo e-mail account.
"We did not know what they wanted information for, we are not told what they look for, if they give us the proper documentation in a court order we give them things that satisfy local laws," Yang told journalists
"I don't like the outcome of what happened with this thing, we get a lot of these orders, but we have to comply with the law and that's what we need to do."
My advice to Yang -- make it a priority to "lose" this sort of information when it comes to dealing with a repressive regime. Wipe data on a regular basis. Purge server logs. Do not help the communists hold on to power.