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Yahoo Pulls Out of China Amid Data Law

Yahoo anuncia que dejará de operar en China tras ley de datos

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Yahoo announced the end of access to its suite of services from mainland China, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

When trying to access Yahoo’s main portal from Beijing, the company displays the following message: “As of November 1, 2021, Yahoo’s suite of services will no longer be accessible from mainland China. This will not affect Yahoo products and services in other global locations.”

The message —in English, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese— does not provide details on why the decision was made.

The text provides links to its Yahoo mail services, AOL and privacy control panel, still accessible from mainland China without the need to resort to a virtual private network (VPN), necessary to access sites such as Google, Twitter or Facebook, among others, whose access is blocked in China.

The end of access to most of Yahoo’s services from China coincided, this Monday, with the entry into force of the Personal Information Protection Law, through which Chinese authorities can restrict the cross-border flow of data and impose that the data be managed in the country, according to the Hong Kong newspaper.

The company began operations in China in 1999, but closed its last headquarters in the Asian country in 2015.

Yahoo’s exit comes just days after job search social network LinkedIn, owned by computer giant Microsoft, announced its departure from the Asian country due to the imposition of new requirements by local authorities and “a more challenging operating environment.”

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