Almost a year ago, the chairman of Hong Kong‘s Democratic Party, Albert Ho filed a complaint with HK’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in regards to Yahoo! HK sharing Shi Tao’s email account information with the authorities in China. The information was among other evidence that was used to sentence Shi Tao to 10 years in prison. The Privacy Commissioner concluded a few days ago that Yahoo! HK was not liable for the disclosure of email account information. The arguments were: Yahoo! China was the responsible entity and the information exposed (IP address, internet alias and email address) was not considered personal data. This latest development could possibly give Yahoo! more fire power to protect itself from other similar cases in China, such as Wang Xiaoning whose wife came to the US earlier this month to sue the company.

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