The Hong Kong office of the Commissioner for Personal Data, Roderick Woo, has found that Yahoo! did not contravene China's Privacy Ordinance in the case where a Chinese journalist was jailed for 10 years after the service provider allegedly gave Chinese authorities his personal data.

Woo could not decide whether the case was within his jurisdiction and has recommended that the Ordinance be reviewed.
"It became evident to me in the course of the investigation that certain provisions of the Ordinance should be clarified for better performance of the Commissioner's regulatory function," Woo says. "A clearer interpretation and application of the Ordinance will enhance the overall effectiveness in the protection of personal data privacy.  To this end, my Office is proposing a legislative review of the Ordinance and hope that the Government will facilitate the legislation amendment process."
Journalist Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005, allegedly with the help of evidence supplied by Yahoo!. He had shared an E-mail with foreign colleagues that contained details of a Chinese government request for reports of the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre to be censored.
While Yahoo! China is owned by Yahoo! Hong Kong, the collection, holding, processing and use of Shi Tao's data all occurred within the borders of the People's Republic of China.
This is where Commissioner Woo was stymied.
According to The Register, Human Rights Watch has criticised Yahoo! for assisting in the prosecution of four critics of the Chinese government: "Shi Tao, Li Hi, Chiang Tijuana, and Wang Seasoning."
The campaign group has reported that Yahoo! claimed it had only been complying with local law.