10 February 2006

Yahoo Complicit in Suppressing Liberty?

Just a day after this post about Microsoft, Cisco and Yahoo being rebuked for putting profits above principle, came news that Yahoo helped the Chinese government put a dissident in jail.

From a report by Doctors without Borders:

...it had discovered that Yahoo customer and cyberdissident Li Zhi had been given his eight-year prison sentence in December 2003 based on electronic records provided by Yahoo.

[Yahoo] says it simply responds to requests from the authorities for data without ever knowing what it will be used for. But this argument no longer holds water. Yahoo certainly knew it was helping to arrest political dissidents and journalists, not just ordinary criminals. The company must answer for what it is doing at the US congressional hearing set for February 15.

(via BatelleMedia.com)

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