Wife Of Jailed Chinese Dissident Suing Yahoo For Handing Over His Info
from the that-can't-be-good-for-the-old-PR-campaign dept
It’s no secret that Yahoo has, at times, turned over information on its users to the Chinese government. Various groups have condemned Yahoo for doing so, but now the company may face a bigger threat. The wife of one such jailed dissident, has come to the US to sue Yahoo (via the Raw Feed), claiming that it’s because of Yahoo’s actions that her husband is in jail for 10 years for posting “subversive” articles on the internet. She’s asking for damages and an apology. It will be interesting to see whether or not this actually goes anywhere. She may not have much in the way of legal standing, since the actions all happened in China (it was Yahoo’s Hong Kong office that gave out the info), and China, obviously, doesn’t appear to have much in the way of regulations to protect privacy on such things. It’s hard not to feel sympathy for her, but it’s not clear what legal recourse she’ll actually have against Yahoo.