"Yahoo! for Good" and the right to privacy of internet users 3-10: a critique

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Users' Internet dependency invariably results in people providing various kinds of personal details or information to Internet providers, which in most cases are multinational corporations. Against the backdrop of Internet censorship in China despite the constitutional protection for human rights, the article first outlines the factual matrix that led to the controversy and juxtaposes the "Yahoo! for Good" motto with how the company dealt with the privacy issues of its email users. As the encounter of Hong Kong's data privacy law with Yahoo! has shown, it is doubtful if such municipal laws, at least in their existing form, can be trusted too much for safeguarding the right to privacy of Internet users. Probably, a greater use of the Internet in fighting Internet censorship and protecting the privacy of Internet users might prove beneficial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Internet Law
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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