Yahoo May Be A Moral Pygmy, But Congress Is Hardly Better
Tuesday’s congressional hearing about Yahoo turning over information about two dissidents to the Chinese government got me all riled up — and not at Yahoo.
But Congress should think hard about how it’s undermining civil rights here at home before getting all holier-than-thou on U.S. companies trying to figure out how to do business in China, a place where the government’s power can be both murky and threatening.
“I wish Congress would put the practices domestically under the same magnifying glass,” said Danny O’Brien, international outreach coordinator at Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco group that has advocated for privacy rights around the globe. “This is an inconsistent position.”